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Galway City celebrates Africa Day 2021 virtually


Galway City celebrates Africa Day 2021 virtually

For the second year in a row, due to ongoing public health restrictions Galway City Council in partnership with the Africa Day Team at the Department of Foreign Affairs are again planning to celebrate the day virtually, on both local and national social media channels, including Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Over the past year in particular, we have all seen a tremendous flourishing in creativity online as people continue to connect with others and express themselves despite COVID. Africa Day is a wonderful opportunity to showcase such creative contributions from the local community groups that we have engaged with over the years as part of the Africa Day celebrations. 

Given the community based nature of the celebration, Galway City Council is supporting a number of local community groups with their plans to mark Africa Day this year by hosting virtual events, aimed at promoting a positive image of Africa; celebrating the vibrant cultural heritage of Africa and the contribution made to society by African communities and people of African descent.

African United Galway (AUG) are planning a virtual celebration of Africa Day 2021, showcasing the diversities of cultural beauty that Africa possess that are present here in Galway. The virtual event will also highlight the diversities of community contributions of various Africans to the society we live in. The virtual celebration will take place online on 29th May 2021, broadcasted live via Facebook and also shared on Instagram and Twitter.

The Galway African Diaspora is organising a virtual Africa Day 2021 event which will virtually bring together people from African descent and the local Galway community through music and performances from local community members. The virtual event will take place online on 29th May 2021 from 5pm – 8pm, broadcasted live on Facebook and also shared on social media.

A number of primary schools across Galway City will take part in the ‘Show Racism the Red Card programme’, organised by the FAI Development Officer. This programme will be targeted to 5th / 6th class pupils which incorporates class based videos to promote inclusion. Each school will also research African history in advance as a class project to form part of the programme. 

Yoruba Heritage, Art and Cultural Group of Ireland are organising a virtual showcase of vibrant cultural costumes which will also include a virtual showcase and demonstration of Africa’s food, artefacts and much more.

Finally Galway Sports Partnership through the Ballybane/Doughiska Community Sports Hub are offering a number of online activities to celebrate Africa Day, including dance drumming, and capoeira. For more details and to register for any of the programmes see the Galway Sports Partnership social media.

Africa Day falls on 25th May each year. It is an initiative of the African Union, and aims to celebrate African diversity and success and the cultural and economic potential of the continent.   The above events can also be viewed and enjoyed on https://www.facebook.com/GalwayCityCouncil/