Africa Day to bring fun and colour to Limerick

David Hurley

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David Hurley

Jumoke Oyewo, Agnes Stojcsics, Maurice Kikandala, Karen McHugh (Doras Luimni), Laurent Mpenda, Consolata Okonkwo and Luke Hamilton at the launch of Africa Day [Picture: Sean Curtin]
Limerick will enjoy the sights and sounds of its African communities later this month with four fun-filled days of colourful events to celebrate the 50th staging of Africa Day.

Limerick will enjoy the sights and sounds of its African communities later this month with four fun-filled days of colourful events to celebrate the 50th staging of Africa Day.

A series of free family events will take place between Wednesday, May 22 and Saturday, May 25 showcasing many aspects of African culture including music, sport, games, literature and art.

One of the highlights of Africa Day will be the exciting Africa & Ireland in Harmony Concert at St. Mary’s Cathedral.

The event - on Thursday, May 23 - will bring together an incredible melting pot of talent from Africa and Ireland for a gala concert, which will be free of charge.

A large group of international and local performers will create a vibrant mix of music, dance and intercultural fusion.

Africa Day is an initiative of the African Union, which celebrates African diversity and success and the cultural and economic potential of the continent.

Mayor of Limerick, Cllr Gerry McLoughlin, said Limerick City Council is proud to be associated with Africa Day for the fifth consecutive year.

“Africa Day truly brings Limerick city to life with colourful, musical events transforming the city. Hosting such events reaffirms our commitment to integration and our goal of creating a vibrant, inclusive and dynamic Limerick city for all residents. We’re confident that this exciting calendar of events to mark Africa Day will connect communities and promote intercultural exchange through sport, music and the arts,” he said.

Eugene Quinn, chairperson of Limerick Integration Working Group said Africa Week events provide an opportunity to celebrate African culture and promote integration and diversity.

“There is a huge variety of events for Africa Day 2013 and they are all free so we encourage everyone, especially families to come along,” said Eugene.

For more information and details of the various events, visit africaday.ie or limerick.ie