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Republic of Ireland: Africa Day Celebrations to Bring Colour, Culture and Music to the Phoenix Park

Sunday, 27th May 2018
Africa Day celebrations to bring colour, culture and music to the Phoenix Park
Farmleigh Estate in the Phoenix Park, Dublin will be uplifted and transformed by the sights, sounds and smells of Africa today (27.05.18), as thousands of people are expected to gather and celebrate Irish Aid’s flagship Africa Day Dublin event. Free tickets are still available to download through
The free family-friendly event, which runs from 11am to 6pm, will have a jam-packed schedule of live music, as well as children’s entertainment, food, dance, drumming and sports.
The programme of Africa Day events in Ireland is coordinated and supported by Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. It aims to highlight the scope and benefits of Ireland’s engagement with Africa and increase public awareness of Irish Aid’s development programme throughout Africa. Minister of State for the Diaspora and International Development, Ciarán Cannon T.D. will officially open the event at 2pm on the main stage.
Speaking ahead of the event, Minister Cannon stated,
“It is wonderful to see the diversity and richness of African cultures and traditions on display. Today is an excellent opportunity to continue to grow and develop the many links between Ireland and Africa.”
“I know there are many other events to mark Africa Day around the country – from Galway to Wexford, Meath to Limerick and Cork to Kilkenny and Waterford. It is great to see so many communities across Ireland coming together to share in the celebrations of Africa Day.”
Three music stages will feature international and home-grown acts, including internationally renowned Irish folk / world music group Kíla; afro soul band, Fehdah, led by Emma Garnett; Libyan-Irish singer Farah Elle, who blends Arabic, hip-hop and R’n’B influences; Ireland’s top intercultural choral group, Discovery Gospel Choir; eight-piece musical collective, Rhythm Africana, who play songs from all over Africa, and multi-award winning Malawian born, Irish rap artist, songwriter, producer, Pop Dogg. A dedicated ‘Mount Kiddimanjaro’ children’s area will feature amusements, zorbing and funfair attractions to keep younger visitors entertained.
In Farmleigh courtyard, the ‘Dance Zone’ will feature dance and drumming performances, spoken word and a special Africa Day recording of the Motherfoclóir podcast, which explores different topics regarding the Irish language in a fun, witty way.
One of the focal points of the Africa Day Dublin event will be the outdoor African bazaar, called ‘Marrakech’. It will feature stalls from different African countries, showcasing drumming, dancing, hair-braiding, traditional fashion designs, and lots more. Representatives from the GAA and the FAI will be on site running sports workshops. In addition to African community groups, some of Ireland’s leading development NGOs will be present, offering fun and interactive activities. The Embassies of Egypt, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Morocco, Nigeria, South Africa and Sudan will also participate in this vibrant celebration.
Reflecting Irish Aid’s commitment to the UN Sustainable Development Goals, Africa Day 2018 will be a no parking event. Attendees are encouraged to leave the car at home and instead take public transport, walk or cycle to Farmleigh. A wide range of sustainable transport options is available.
To support this, Irish Aid have partnered once again with Dublin Bus to provide a free shuttle-bus service from Parkgate Street (Dublin Bus stop no. 7078) into the Phoenix Park. There will be 1,000 places available for bike parking at the entrance to Farmleigh.
For further information, visit 
Contact: Louise Archbold / Stephen Moloney, DHR Communications, Tel: 01-4200580 / 087-2601145 / 087-7858522
Note for Editors:
  •  Photographer Marc O’Sullivan has been commissioned to cover the event and will issue images to picture desks in the afternoon.
  • Free tickets are still available to download through
  • A wide range of travel options are available to Africa Day 2018 attendees:
Ø  Free shuttle service: will depart from Parkgate Street (Bus Stop No. 7078) and run from 10.30am – 7pm.
Ø  For those travelling from Dublin 15: a range of Dublin Bus routes will operate from the Dublin 15 area and stop within close proximity of Farmleigh Estate:
Castleknock Rd, Park View (Bus Stop No. 1692)
37 Towards Baggot St. / Wilton Terrace
Navan Road, Ashtown Roundabout (Bus Stop No. 1696)
37 Towards Baggot St. / Wilton Terrace
38 Towards Burlington Rd.
38a Towards Burlington Rd.
38b Towards Burlington Rd.
38d Towards Burlington Rd.
39 Towards Burlington Rd.
39a Towards UCD Belfield
39x Towards Burlington Rd.
70 Towards Burlington Rd
Ø  Scooters, buggies and children’s bikes should be folded up before being carried onto Dublin Bus services. 
Ø  There will be 1,000 places available for bike parking at the entrance to Farmleigh:  patrons using this facility are asked to park their bike neatly and use a secure lock.
Ø  Please consult the Africa Day website for details on parking facilities for people with a disability.
  • Africa Day, which falls on 25th May annually, is the official day of the African Union and marks African unity.  In Ireland, events to mark Africa Day celebrate African diversity and the cultural and economic potential of the continent, in addition to raising awareness of the development challenges that remain and the progress that is being achieved.
  •  Irish Aid is the Government’s programme for overseas development.  It is managed by the Development Co-operation Division of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.  Further information is available at 
  • Africa Day is also on Twitter @AfricaDay, on Facebook at and on Instagram @africadayireland - Hashtag: #africaday2018.