Africa Day is taking place in Waterford today, and will include a range of activities.
These include two music stages, dance groups, market stalls, children’s activities, petting zoo, food tasting, hair braiding, henna painting and much more to celebrate the occasion.
The activities will take place within the heart of Waterford Cultural Quarter on O’Connell Street on Saturday the 27th of May from 12 noon – 4pm to facilitate the participation of children and families, and those who cannot attend during the regular working week.
Africa Day, which nationally fell on Thursday, 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.
Commenting, Obianuju Ekedozie – Chair of Waterford Migrant Integration Forum, said:
“Africa Day is a great day of celebration to acknowledge the trade between Ireland and Africa and the affiliation we have as nations of migration and exchange over the decades. African culture like Ireland celebrates the importance of family and the connections and networks we develop over our lifetimes. We welcome all families and residents of Waterford here to this event and wish you a joyful experience on this exciting day”.
This year will see Ireland’s largest-ever Africa Day programme, with events being held nationwide.
Minister for International Development and Diaspora, Sean Fleming TD, said:
“I am delighted to launch Africa Day 2023, a day when we recognise the growing cultural, trade and political links between Ireland and Africa. I welcome the commitment and enthusiasm shown by our local authorities and community groups in organising such a diverse mix of cultural and sporting events across the country to celebrate Africa Day.
“This year’s programme is the perfect showcase of the many talented people of African heritage we have living here in Ireland. It is also a day when people of all African backgrounds come together to celebrate the diversity of Africa. I hope people will get involved and enjoy Africa Day 2023.”
For more information visit www.AfricaDay.ie