To mark Africa Day 2014, Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is delighted to host Africa Day Dublin, a national flagship event to celebrate Africa Day which will take place from 11am to 6pm on Sunday, 25th May, in the grounds of Farmleigh Estate in Dublin’s Phoenix Park.
Africa Day Dublin is a free family festival with a jam-packed programme of events including live music performances on three different stages, an African Bazaar, a kids' area and much delicious food! Highlights include:
• A stunning line-up of main stage music performances by: the internationally renowned Irish folk / world music group Kila; Irish and Nigerian fusion band, Tig Linn; Ireland’s foremost Afrobeat band and multicultural music project, Colours Afrobeat Foundation; 10-piece ska, pop, punk fusion band, The Amazing Few; the Irish four-piece Square Pegs, paying homage to Chicago blues, 1950′s R&B and New Orleans big band sounds; Ugandan singer Justine Nantale who leads her band in a variety of traditional African songs; and Manden Express, a thrillingly explosive Dublin-based international band which fuses traditional and contemporary styles of West African music.
• An ‘African Bazaar’ with stalls from over 20 different African countries, offering food, drumming, dance, hair-braiding, henna hand-painting, traditional fashion designs, and lots more. In addition to African community groups, a range of development NGOs will be present in the bazaar, offering fun activities, while the African embassies in Ireland will also be represented at the event.
• A dedicated rap and hip-hop stage, featuring up-and-coming artists and showcasing emerging talent.
• Children’s activities, including a circus performance, face-painting, mask-making, storytelling and sports.
For more information go to www.africaday.ie