A family fun day incorporating multicultural music and dance performances, fashion show, exhibition and food sampling will take place in Limerick this weekend to celebrate Africa Day.
The event is scheduled for the Hunt Museum Garden from 12 noon on Sunday May 29 when the public will be given an understanding of the cultural significance of Africans and other immigrant communities in Limerick.
Particular performance genres will be showcased through African traditional music and dances including story telling with audience participation. A fashion show, food sampling, and face painting session for children will also be held.
A special attraction will be DJ Southside with his Afropop music jamboree while the African Scholars Association of Ireland will add a special networking opportunity to the package.
Africa Day celebrates the richness of African cultures and the contribution of people of African descent to Irish life. Events are organised by Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs in partnership with African embassies in Ireland and local authorities around the country.
Mayor Daniel Butler said Sunday’s event will allow people from the continent to show the diversity that exists and the positive impact they have made in Limerick since they have come to live and work here. Africa Day is all about inclusiveness and is a celebration of all things Limerick and African. I would encourage everyone to attend some of the day’s events on Sunday.”
Event curator, John Nutekpor, who is a PhD researcher at the University of Limerick World Academy of Music and Dance, said that Africa Day in Limerick will promote social cohesiveness, give communities the opportunity for public celebration, facilitate a sense of social harmony and enhance social identities,
“It can offer a release from the stresses of everyday life particularly coming out of the Covid-19 pandemic stress and positively influence well-being and build better communities.”