On Saturday, 18th May at Central Library Grand Parade Cork details were announced of Cork City
Council ‘s events to celebrate Africa Day 2013 taking place in the city on Saturday 25th May .
The event was addressed by the chargé d’affaires at the Nigerian Embassy in Ireland Mr George Alabi and was attended by the South African Ambassador H.E. Jeremiah N’’Dou. and representatives of Cork’s many African communities.Africa Day falls on 25th May each year, with events running from May 20th-27th. Africa Day is an initiative of the African Union, and aims to celebrate African diversity and success and the cultural and economic potential of the continent. In Ireland, events to mark Africa Day are supported by Irish Aid, the Government’s programme for overseas development, and Cork City Council. This year celebrates the 50th Anniversary of the African Union. For full details of events taking place throughout the country see www.africaday.ie
Cork City Council is among a number of organisations around the country that have been supported by Irish Aid to host Africa Day events this year.
Cork 2013 events will include :
Thursday 23rd May
Seminar on Contemporary African Issues
12.00 -14.30 Centre for Development and Integration in partnership with Cork City Council will host a seminar on contemporary African issues in the Council Chamber, City Hall Cork.
Saturday 25th May
Cork’s Africa Day Parade and Celebration
1.00 pm approx. A colourful parade with music, drumming, flags and traditional costumes will leave from Grand Parade though St. Oliver Plunkett Street to Emmet Place where the gathering will be addressed briefly by the Lord Mayor of Cork Cllr John Buttimer and visiting dignitaries.
2.00 pm - 6.00 pm The participants and general public are then invited to join in a celebration of African culture, music and cuisine at an event in the adjacent Camden Palace Hotel where there will be theatre performance, dance, African cuisine, games and face painting until early evening. Participation if free and Cork City Council invites all to join in the celebration of Cork-based African communities.
Chargé d’affaires at the Nigerian Embassy in Ireland Mr George Alabi addressing
the gathering at the launch of Cork’s Africa Day Celebrations
which will take place on 25th May. photo: Clare Keogh