Archive for May, 2008

Irish Aid Africa Day press release

May 23rd, 2008


Africa Day @ Dublin Castle – which is a carnival event celebrating African culture - will open to the public at 1pm on Sunday, 25th May. Over a period of six hours, a series of events will take place in the gardens of Dublin Castle (entrance beside the Chester Beatty Library) incorporating music, dance, crafts, art, exhibitions and film.

Entry to the event is free of charge, and entry will be on a first-come, first served basis. The event is being organised by Irish Aid, Ireland’s official overseas aid programme.

For visiting media, a media pass can be obtained at the entry point. Entry is not permissible after 6pm.

The Minister for Integration, Conor Lenihan TD, will officiate at the event at 2.30pm. Before he takes to the stage, Minister Lenihan will undertake a walk-about of the event, where he will visit the soccer area (managed by Brian Kerr); the cultural corner (with traditional dance and drumming workshops) as well as taking time to meet with main stage performers. Media are invited to participate in this walk-about, which will commence at 2.00pm from the Irish Aid stand in the African Bazaar area.

During the first half of the event, the main emphasis will be placed on dance, cultural and sporting activities. Main stage acts will include African drumming, gospel signing and R+B acts.

In the latter part of the afternoon, attention will turn to the main stage, where performances will include Sinead O’Connor with the Republic of Loose and the Discovery Gospel Choir; Kila; Mundy and Gardiner Street Gospel Choir.

Updates on Africa Day @ Dublin Castle are available from A current timetable of acts is attached.

Over the weekend of Africa Day a slideshow of images which capture aspects of African life in Ireland will be projected onto Liberty Hall and the Civic Offices in Dublin. The projections have been prepared by Richie Smyth, an award winning director and photographer.


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