Africa Day 2019 launched

Africa Day 2019 launched
Alyssa Temimi of Cork City Centre and Temiloluwa Arikawe of Glamire wearing clothes from a collection by designer Virtue Shine in preparation for a Fashion Show highlighting African culture and design.Picture Clare Keogh

CITY Hall has unveiled its plans for Africa Day 2019, with a host of exhibitions and activities taking place across Cork in the build-up to the main event.

Africa Day takes place on Saturday, May 25, in Fitzgerald Park from 1pm-6pm, with many of Cork’s African communities attending to showcase culture from their native countries.

Throughout the day there will be a DJ, as well as live music, dance performances, interactive games and more.

In the build-up to the day, there will also be events taking place across Cork city to celebrate African culture.

The African Art Exhibition will be running in the Atrium at City Hall until Friday, May 24, where artists within the African communities across Cork will showcase their work. The exhibition includes a fashion show displaying the culture and design of Africa.

On Thursday, the Council Chambers will hold a seminar, with this year’s central theme being ‘Multiculturalism within Africa – Embracing Unity and Diversity’.

Africa Day takes place every year on May 25 to celebrate the official day of African Union, which highlights African Unity.

Organised by Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Cork City Council, the programme aims to highlight the scope and benefits of Ireland’s engagement with Africa and increase public awareness of Irish Aid’s development programme throughout Africa.

Social Inclusion Specialist at Cork City Council, Tony Power welcomes plans for this year’s celebration of Africa Day, saying: “Africa Day celebrations are an opportunity for everyone to participate in.

“We in Cork have a long positive history of engagement with African communities and this festival affords us the opportunity to celebrate the diversity of our city.”

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