Limerick to host celebration of African Culture

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Helping to launch the event were: Kevin Senga, Banka, Sinead Doody, Social Inclusion Officer, Limerick City and County Council, Ras Mikey Courtney, Irish World Academy, UL and Maurice Kikangala, , Elikya Choir. Picture: Alan Place/FusionShooters.
Helping to launch the event were: Kevin Senga, Banka, Sinead Doody, Social Inclusion Officer, Limerick City and County Council, Ras Mikey Courtney, Irish World Academy, UL and Maurice Kikangala, , Elikya Choir. Picture: Alan Place/FusionShooters.

LIMERICK will celebrate its African communities with a jam-packed line up of events including a free family fun day for Africa Day 2015.

From Monday May 25 to Sunday May 31, a series of events celebrating African culture will take place in the city including dance performances, drumming and art workshops and a taste of African cuisine, music and fashion to mark the intercultural event.

Organised by Limerick City and County Council, Doras Luimní and members of Limerick’s African community, this year’s programme will be launched by special guest Sharon Murphy of the Voice UK at 2pm on Monday at the Strand Hotel.

The launch will be followed by a seminar called Footprints: ‘Our Shared Journey, Our Integration’.

Josephine Cotter-Coughlan, director of services, Limerick City and County Council said Limerick was officially declared an intercultural city late last year and the Africa Day seminar and celebrations will reflect this journey and designation.

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“The purpose of the seminar is to explore intercultural experiences in Limerick and to develop a strong integration focus and dimension in our strategic provision at a city and county level for the migrant population. We will continue to facilitate, cooperate and collaborate in measures, actions and polices which will effectively continue to achieve the realisation of the concept of an open, welcome and integrated Limerick,” she explained.  

The seminar will involve a panel presentation and discussion including contributions from the African community, local service providers and Irish Aid.

Event highlights include a drumming and art workshop on May 28 from 10.30am to 12.30pm in the Watch House Cross Community Library, a dance performance on May 26 at 7pm in the UL Tower Theatre, and a family fun day on May 31 from 2pm to 6pm in the Milk Market.

Admission to all Africa Day 2015 events is free of charge, however booking will be necessary for some events.

For further information, go to www.limerick.ie/africaday or www.africaday.ie