Africa Day 2009 – Iveagh Gardens
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‘Africa Day @ Iveagh Gardens, Dublin’ is one of two flagship Africa Day celebrations being organised by Irish Aid in 2009. This event takes place on Sunday, 24th May, from 12 noon until 8pm, in the Iveagh Gardens off Clonmel Street, Dublin 2.
Admission is free and all are welcome.
Visitors to this event will be greeted in various African languages by participants from the ‘Most Beautiful African Girl in Ireland’ competition, who will be dressed in the traditional attire of their native countries.Most Beautiful African Girl in Ireland participants
Upon entering the Iveagh Gardens, visitors will be met by a lively and colourful scene: the venue will be populated by street-performers, food-sellers, dancers and hair-braiders. The gardens will resonate with drumbeats and gospel music, and an eclectic mix of entertainment and activities will be on offer, including spoken word performances, literary readings and traditional African dancing. Children and adults alike can take part in fun and games, ranging from sports skills to extreme bungee trampoline, giant jigsaw games and drumming sessions.
A buzzing ‘African Bazaar’ will be populated by stands offering African arts and crafts, foodstuffs, musical demonstrations and cultural information. Visitors can also participate in workshops ranging from cooking demonstrations and storytelling to traditional African board games.
The main stage at the event will feature an exciting line-up of African and Irish performers throughout the day, while the ‘New and Emerging Talent’ stage will play host to up-and-coming acts.
Call by the Irish Aid Tent near the entrance to the venue to find out about Africa Day events all over Ireland and the Government’s overseas development programme. Irish Aid volunteers will be distributing event maps and artist line-ups. Information will also be available about the life-changing impact of Irish Aid’s work on people in developing countries.