Monday, June 03, 2019

Pictured at the launch of Africa Day 2019 are Minister of State for Diaspora and International Development, Ciaran Cannon TD, with Emma Smith from Waterford City and County Council with members from the Yoruba Art and Cultural Group, Numi Makinwa (age 12), Feranmi Makinwa (age 9) and Feyi Makinwa (age 4).

WATERFORD City and County Council will host a series of activities as part of Waterford’s Cultural Quarter on Thursday, June 6 from 11am to 3pm to mark Africa Day 2019.

The aim of the day is to better inform the indigenous population about the diverse and vibrant African Culture in Waterford.

The event will showcase the rich heritage and cultures of the continent – there will be rhythmic live music, vivacious clothes and beautifully produced arts and crafts. There will be something for people of all ages, with circus acts, a Berber style market and plenty more along O’Connell Street on the day.

Speaking at the launch of the day, Minister of State for Diaspora and International Development Ciarán Cannon TD said: “Each of the 10 local authorities partnering with Irish Aid to deliver Africa Day 2019 celebrations is collaborating with diaspora groups to design and run highly-engaging programmes. I would like to congratulate all of the participating councils and community groups for their innovation and commitment to celebrating Ireland’s vibrant relations with Africa.”

Details of all Africa Day events in Waterford are available at

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By Ronan Morrissey
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