Cork will be alive with the sights and sounds of Africa tomorrow (Saturday May 25th) as Cork City Council in association with Irish Aid help Cork and its African communities celebrate the 50th anniversary of the African union with a parade though the city followed by an afternoon of family fun at Camden Palace Hotel where the doors will be open to all of Cork to join in the celebration.
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.
Its event will comprise
1.00 pm approx
A colourful parade with music, drumming, flags and traditional costumes 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.
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 is free and Cork City Council invites all to join in the celebration of Cork-based African communities.