Africa Day 2023 events for the whole family take place on Sunday, May 28, 2023
Africa Day 2023 is a family-fun day of music and dance performances, fashion show, exhibition and food sampling to celebrate the occasion
The event is scheduled for Sunday 28th May 2023 at The Limerick Milk Market starting at 12noon. Participants and attendees will have the opportunity to gain a richer understanding of the cultural significance of Africans and other immigrants in Limerick on the day. The event will unravel works of some African artists making new waves in the Irish community.
Particular performance genres will be showcased through African traditional music and dances, African indigenous arts and craft, drumming, including storytelling with audience interactive sessions. In addition, there will be fashion shows, food sampling, and face painting, clown appearances and a special children corner will also be available.
A special attraction will be the Dance Afrik group based in the United Kingdom and Afro-Irish Global Jazz band based in Ireland led by Professor Benjamin Bonne. DJ Raspizo will keep the audience afloat with Afro-beat tunes and the special guest will be Cllr. Francis Foley, Mayor of Limerick.
Africa Day, which falls on Wednesday, 25th May, celebrates the richness of African cultures and the contribution of people of African descent to Irish life. Africa Day celebrations are organised by Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs in partnership with African embassies in Ireland and local authorities around the country.
According to this year’s event curator, Dr. John Nutekpor a visiting lecturer at the reputable Irish World Academy, University of Limerick, says ‘Africa day in Limerick 2023 will return back to the Limerick Milk market due to the huge audience expectation and interesting line up of activities led by event manager Nerissa Grant.
This year will see Ireland’s largest Africa Day programme till date, with events being held nationwide. Africa Day celebrated in 2022 was said to be highly patronised by multicultural migrants and Irish indigene. Over 30 local authorities around the country hosting events in their communities, this year, promises to be bigger, more diverse, and provides a better atmosphere for sharing of African cultural heritage.
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