Limerick to celebrate its immigrant communities on Africa Day

The Afro-Irish Global Jazz band will be performing at Limerick Africa Day.

LIMERICK will take on the sights, sounds and flavours of Africa on Sunday May 28 when a lively programme of events is scheduled for the city’s Milk Market to mark Africa Day.

The event is intended to give local people a richer understanding of the cultural contribution of African and other immigrant communities in Limerick. The programme will feature works by African artists making waves on the Irish arts scene.

Specific performance genres will be showcased through African traditional music and dance, indigenous African arts and crafts, drumming and storytelling with audience interactive sessions.

A special attraction will be the UK-based Dance Afrik group and the Afro-Irish Global Jazz band led by Professor Benjamin Bonne. DJ Raspizo will keep the audience afloat with Afro-beat tunes.

Mayor Francis Foley, who will be a special guest at the event, said that it underlines the richness of African cultures and the contribution of people of African descent to Irish life.

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Event curator, Dr John Nutekpor of the World Academy Music and Dance at the University of Limerick, said they were returning to the Milk Market because of the level of interest in the line up of activities organised by event manager Nerissa Grant.