Pictured launching the Africa Day celebrations were Alvin Doma, Sinqobile Makhanya, David Idioh and Kevin Senga [Picture: Fusionshooters]
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 in Limerick as part of the Africa Week celebrations which run from from May 23 to May 29.
Africa Day 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 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, Dr Ebun Joseph, will speak on Migration Issues and Health Care and there will be music by David Idioh, a contestant on The Voice 2016.
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 celebrations is a family Fun day with live music, fashion, dance, food and children's activities between 2 and 6pm 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 (10am-midday) and a youth programme in Limerick Youth Service (4.30pm-6.30pm) 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,” he added.