Children’s art activities, drumming workshops, a fashion show and a film screening are among the free events featured as part of the programme to celebrate Africa Day 2016 in Limerick as part of the Africa Week celebrations from Monday, May 23, until Sunday, May 29, 2016.
Africa Day 2016 is an initiative of the African Union, which celebrates African diversity and success and the cultural and economic potential of the continent. In Ireland, events to celebrate Africa Day are supported by Irish Aid and Limerick City and County Council. The whole week is geared towards celebrating the past and present while looking into the future.
The launch of this year’s programme takes place with a ‘Reflection’ seminar on Monday, May 23, in the Limerick Strand Hotel. The seminar will focus on the experiences of millions of Africans as well as commemorating the founding of the African Union and independence of most African countries. The guest speaker is Dr Ebun Joseph who will speak on Migration Issues and Health Care with music by David Idioh, a contestant on The Voice 2016. Booking is required for this seminar which takes place between 9.30 am – 4 pm.
Other events include an African movie night in Mary Immaculate College to feature a screening of the award-winning movie ‘Invasion 1897’.
The feature event for the Africa Day 2016 celebrations is a family Fun day with live music, fashion, dance, food and children’s activities between 2 pm – 6 pm on Sunday, May 29, in Limerick’s Milk Market.
A Programme for Schools and Youth will also be hosted on Tuesday, May 24, with drumming and art workshops in the City Library, 10 am – midday and a youth programme in Limerick Youth Service 4.30 pm – 6.30 pm, also on the day.
“The events and activities taking place this year seek to promote a positive image of Africa, highlight the Irish Aid programme in Africa, and will also have an education component,” said Pat Dowling, Director of Services, Limerick City and County Council. “We look forward to people from all different communities joining us during the events to mark Africa Day which I’m sure will be entertaining and extremely well supported.”
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