Thousands celebrate Africa Day in Dublin25 May 2014
Minister for Trade and Development, Joe Costello TD, and Ambassador Anas Khales of the Kingdom of Morocco, today welcomed thousands of people to a free family fun day in Farmleigh Estate in Dublin for Ireland’s seventh celebration of Africa Day.
Families and music fans enjoyed a showcase of African music, food and culture, including performances across three stages, drumming and dance performances and a kidzone with face-painting and games.
Africa Day falls on 25 May each year and is celebrated internationally to mark African diversity and success, and the cultural and economic potential of the continent.
Speaking ahead of the opening, Minister Costello said:
“This weekend’s Africa Day celebrations are a great opportunity for Irish and African communities to celebrate African cultures and traditions and to reflect upon our maturing relationship, which is increasingly focused on politics, democracy and trade.
“The theme for Africa Day 2104 is ‘Partners for Growth’. Building targeted partnerships with Governments and communities in a range of different countries in Africa is the key to our shared success.”
A full programme of Africa Day events is available at www.africaday.ie
25 May 2014
Note for Editors
- Africa Day is supported by Irish Aid, the Government’s programme for overseas development. It is managed by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.
- Ambassador Khales is the Dean of the African Diplomatic Corps – the longest-serving African ambassador in Dublin.
- Africa Day on May 25 is the official day of the African Union and marks African unity. The official theme for 2014 is ‘Partners for Growth’. This year marks the 51st anniversary of the establishment of the African Union.
- Irish Aid has been active in supporting and promoting Africa Day since 2008. This year the main focus is on support for community groups, cultural and educational initiatives.