Have your say on Cork's Africa Day: Public meeting for ideas

Have your say on Cork's Africa Day: Public meeting for ideas
Organisers are looking for the public's contribution to create Cork's 2020 Africa day.Picture Clare Keogh

City Hall is asking its citizens to share their ideas on what should happen in Cork on Africa Day held in May 25.

Africa Day Cork celebrates African culture and diversity and the public is being encouraged to attend a public engagement evening on Wednesday, January 22 at City Hall to get involved in the event.

The organising committee is now calling on members of the public to share their ideas, give feedback and find out how to become involved with the celebrations.

Speaking about the public meeting, Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr John Sheehan said, “I would like to encourage all to attend the Africa Day Public Engagement Evening on 22 January -this is a wonderful opportunity to get involved in your community and work together towards creating another hugely successful Africa Day here in our great city”.

Ademide Nathan Adeleye and his friends Warming up for Africa Day 2019 in Cork.Picture Clare Keogh
Ademide Nathan Adeleye and his friends Warming up for Africa Day 2019 in Cork.Picture Clare Keogh

Kieran O’Connell, Social Inclusion Development Worker at Cork City Council, said: “Cork City Council is delighted to support the Africa Day Organising Committee again this year. Africa Day in Cork City continues to grow from strength to strength due to the excellent organisational skills of the Committee, who cooperate and collaborate exceptionally well with our Social Inclusion Unit and the Parks and Recreational Operations section”.

Africa Day Cork 2019 was a tremendous success with celebrations including an African Art Exhibition and a Fashion Show highlighting African culture and design.

In 2019, Cork saw record numbers attend the main Africa Day event which was celebrated on 25 May in Fitzgerald’s Park, Cork City.

Over 4,000 people attended the fantastic family fun day out, with a DJ playing all afternoon in between acts from African Communities (ranging from: music, dance performances, interactive games).

Events marking Africa Day run over a period of a week in May and offer all who live and visit Cork City a wonderful opportunity to celebrate cultural elements of each of the African nations, including food, music, fashion, art, customs and rich history.

The public engagement event is to take place in the Atrium at City Hall from 6.30pm.

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