Irish Aid, the Government’s programme for overseas development, has announced that it will host a national celebratory event to mark Africa Day on Sunday, 24th May 2009 in Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens. The event – which is family-focused and free to the public – will celebrate aspects of African culture through music, film, food, art and literature. Africa Day – which falls annually on 25th May – is designated by the African Union as a celebration of African diversity and success, and as an opportunity to highlight the cultural and economic potential that the continent offers.
-Africa Day @ Iveagh Gardens’ is just one of over 30 Irish Aid-funded events that will take place throughout communities in Ireland to mark Africa Day 2009. To kick-start celebrations, there will be a family day in the grounds of City Hall in Limerick on 17th May. Other events will include film festivals, lectures and music performances around the country.
-Africa Day @ Iveagh Gardens’ will run from 12 noon until 8pm on Sunday, 24th May and will include a main stage featuring Irish and African acts throughout the day. Performers confirmed to date include world-renowned Vieux Farka TourÃ©, son of legendary Malian signer Ali Farka TourÃ©; Cathy Davey; KÃla, who return to the event after participating in Africa Day celebrations last year; Niwel Tsumbu; Liam Ã“ MaoinlaÃ; Frances Black and some very special acts (to be announced closer to the event). The Discovery Gospel Choir and Stone & Jezreel will also feature over the course of the day.