Africa Day (25 May) will be celebrated online this year, with virtual events taking place across the country. Twenty-three local authorities and their community partners are hosting a diverse range of virtual activities, from storytelling to traditional crafts, musical performances to webinars. Members of the African diaspora in Ireland and the communities of African heritage are also invited to share their own Africa Day content by tagging @AfricaDayIreland on Facebook, @AfricaDay on Twitter or AfricaDayIreland on Instagram, and use the hashtags #AfricaDayIreland and #AfricaDay2021.
2021 is the 16th year in which Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs is supporting events to mark Africa Day in Ireland.
Speaking ahead of Africa Day, Minister for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora at the Department of Foreign Affairs, Colm Brophy TD, said:
“For a second year, Africa Day in Ireland is being celebrated virtually. Africa Day is an important date for communities across Ireland. Today we celebrate our vibrant connections with the diverse continent of Africa. We also mark the immense contribution of the African diaspora to Irish society, including in our national response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“I am delighted at the record number of local authorities bringing Africa Day events to local communities around the country this year.
“Ireland’s solidarity and partnership with the continent of Africa is unwavering, including at this challenging time. Ireland is working to strengthen public health systems in Africa through an investment of almost €100 million this year.
“I wish you all a Happy Africa Day, and I look forward to a time when we can celebrate this important day in person again.”
The annual programme of Africa Day in Ireland is supported by Irish Aid at the Department of Foreign Affairs. Events aim to highlight the scope and benefits of Ireland’s engagement with Africa and increase public awareness of Irish Aid’s development programme throughout Africa.