Irish Aid – Bang The Drum (Africa Day 2009)
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PRESS RELEASE / Tuesday, 12th May 2009
A festival-style event in Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens is just one of over 30 events taking place throughout the country over the coming weeks to celebrate Africa Day 2009. Africa Day is an initiative of the African Union. It falls on 25th May each year and celebrates African diversity and success and the cultural and economic potential of the continent.
Unveiling this year’s programme for Africa Day in Ireland, the Minister of State for Overseas Development, Peter Power T.D., said today:
“I am very proud to launch such a rich programme of events to mark Africa Day in Iveagh Gardens and throughout Ireland. The line-up of performances, fun family events, lectures and readings is truly spectacular. I want to encourage people of all ages throughout the country to come out and enjoy the many free events planned for Africa Day. The vast majority of performers and community groups involved in the celebrations are giving their time and energy for free. This is a great opportunity to join with people from all over Africa in celebrating their cultures and traditions.
“Ireland has very strong connections to Africa, through the work of Irish missionaries and non-governmental organisations, through growing business links and through our vibrant African community. Ireland’s overseas development assistance effort is strongly focused on sub-Saharan Africa. I am delighted that Irish Aid is in a position to support these events, promoting awareness of the development programme and of the countries with which we work”.
Irish Aid’s ‘Africa Day @ Iveagh Gardens’ takes place in Dublin on Sunday, 24th May from 12 noon to 8pm. The event will include a main stage, featuring high-profile African and Irish musicians; a cultural corner; food-tasting; an African Bazaar, sports activities, and arts and crafts. Admission to the event is free of charge, and visitors to the event are advised to use public transport. The event entrance is on Clonmel Street (off Harcourt Street, Dublin 2).
Other Africa Day events taking place around the country include a family day in the grounds of City Hall in Limerick on Sunday, 17th May; film festivals in Dublin, Louth and Galway; soccer tournaments in Dundalk and Monaghan; and a music and cultural festival in Cork; and a lecture on ‘Africa Moving Forward’ in Trinity College on Monday, 25th May.
The programme of events for Africa Day 2009 is being supported by Irish Aid, the Government’s overseas development programme. Full information on all events is available on www.irishaid.gov.ie.
CONTACT: Fionnuala Quinlan, Press Officer, Irish Aid @ 087-9099975
Catherine Heaney, Event Organiser, DHR Communications @ 01-4885808 or 087-2309835