May 11th, 2022
County Kildare LEADER Partnership are happy to support Kildare County Council , Kildare Integration Network and members of Kildare African Communities celebrate Africa Day 2022 in County Kildare
Organisers of Kildare Africa Day have announced plans for Africa Day 2022, which will include a number of events in the County aimed at celebrating and recognising the diversity of Africa through a week-long celebration.
Africa Day, which falls on Wednesday, 25th May, celebrates the richness of African cultures and the contribution of people of African descent to Irish life. Africa Day celebrations are organised by Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs in partnership with African embassies in Ireland and local authorities around the country.
Pat Leogue, General / Social Inclusion Manager of County Kildare LEADER Partnership acknowledged the work of Kildare Integration Network in supporting African communities in County Kildare. “The voluntary groups involved in the Kildare Integration Network play an important role in highlighting the cultural diversity in our county. We are happy to support these efforts through the Social Inclusion Community Activation Programme (SICAP) and the Asylum and Migrant Integration Fund (AMIF).
Kildare Africa Day will be celebrated through three free community events and a Library exhibition in Monasterevin. While each event will have its own unique characterises, all three will provide an opportunity to experience diverse African food, music, crafts and more. All communities are welcome.
Kildare events are taking place on:
Saturday May 21st in Monasterevin Community Centre from 1pm to 5pm
Wednesday May 25th in Maynooth Square & Maynooth Education Centre from 5pm to 9pm
Friday May 27th in The Arch, Athy from 5pm to 10.30pm
Monasterevin events will included a Ken Saro Wiwa exhibition in Monasterevin Library during the week of May 23rdMinister for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora, Colm Brophy TD, said: “Ireland has been enriched in so many ways by the presence of a vibrant African community. Ireland’s arts, culture, business, community development, sport and so much more have been strengthened by people of African origin or descent. Africa Day is about recognising that contribution and celebrating the culture and potential of the continent as a whole”