Minister for Foreign Affairs launches Africa Day Festival
Micheál Martin TD, Minister for Foreign Affairs this morning launched a festival of cultural and community events to mark Africa Day, 25 May. The festival will culminate in a family day of African culture in the gardens of Dublin Castle on Sunday 25 May.
Irish Aid, the Government’s overseas aid programme, is supporting 58 cultural, sporting, community and academic events in 21 counties across the island to mark this year’s Africa Day. At the launch, the Minister said:
“Over the next three weeks we will have a truly nationwide celebration of African culture, diversity and traditions with events held throughout the country in the lead up to Africa Day on Sunday, 25 May. We will join Africans in celebrating African culture, diversity, traditions and society. This is a great opportunity for us to look again at Africa and our perceptions of the continent. Irish Aid is proud to support events marking Africa Day in Ireland. Over 80% of Ireland’s aid supports development in Africa.”
Irish Aid will host a free family day, with music, sport and arts, in the gardens of Dublin Castle on Africa Day. The main stage line up for this event will feature Irish and African entertainers, including: Mundy; a very special guest appearance from Sinéad O Connor and Republic of Loose with The Discovery Gospel Choir; Motema; Gardiner Street Gospel Choir; Congomania; Kíla; traditional dance and fashion shows.
Note to editors:
The Minister launched the Africa Day festival at the Irish Aid Volunteering and Information Centre on Dublin’s O’Connell Street, where he was joined by representatives of African communities in Ireland. Major events are taking place in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick. Most of these events are free for the public. The weekend of Africa Day (23 – 25 May) will see light projections on prominent Dublin City buildings, highlighting the lives of Africans in Ireland.
A full listing of events is available on www.irishaid.gov.ie/africaday
14th May 2008