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From Africa with love

The sun was out for Africa Day 2015 which took place on Sunday May 24th in Farmleigh house, located in Dublin’s Phoenix Park. Throughout the day Africa’s unique and colourful culture were showcased, as well as live music from three different stages around the historic grounds of the Farmleigh mansion. The event also highlighted the lifesaving work of major Irish charities like Irish Aid and Sight Savers.

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What is Africa Day? Africa day celebrates the nation’s unity, which falls on May 25th. Ireland has welcomed hundreds-of-thousands of African immigrants over the years; many of which consider Ireland to be home, and so it’s only fitting that we too celebrate the historic day. Africa Day is also celebrated in New York, London, and Washington.

What was on offer? Stalls of beautiful African garments, accessories, hand-made crafts, and food lined the green fields. There was an ecstatic feeling among the thousands of visitors following the previous day’s celebrations of Marriage Equality – you couldn’t have been in a bad mood if you tried! My favourite art of the day was the African dance zone for kids and adults. Needless to say I channelled by inner African-dance-goddess. There was a designated kid’s zone with rides and attractions and plenty of food and drinks on offer too. Our own Timi was also MC-ing at the main stage of the event throughout the day in-between the lively acts.

The celebration has become one of the highlights of the events calendar since 2008, and in the last three years it has attracted more than 71,000 visitors! Use the hashtag #AfricaDay2015 for more information and pictures of the day’s festivities.

 

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Culture Night 2014

Culture Night takes place on Friday the 19th of September both in Dublin and nationwide; and with hundreds of free events to choose from, you’ll be spoilt for choice on the night!

The gathering celebrates the huge diversity of arts, crafts and cultures that we have both on our home soil and abroad. It allows organisations big and small, museums, concert halls, and galleries to open their doors for extended hours to give you a chance to experience the things you might not ever get the time to do or see; and did I mention it’s free?

The festival has come a long way since its first night held in Dublin in 2006; Culture night is now a nationwide phenomenon. So whether you’re in Westport, Kerry, or Belfast, there is something for all the family to enjoy.

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A first for Culture Night, Aras an Uachtarain will open its doors and provide free tours every 30 minutes around the glorious mansion. You might even catch the man himself for a quick cuppa.

The Lighthouse cinema in Smithfield will be showcasing the best of Irish shorts from 6-8.

Try local cuisine and brews in Ireland’s newest brewery located in The Liberties- the Dublin Whiskey Company.

Take a walk through Frances Street in the south inner city and check out the different array of art galleries and antique shops. You’re sure to find something that tickles your fancy!

Maybe you want a drink and to take in the atmosphere. Temple bar will be full of Dublin’s finest musicians. You might surprise yourself and take up a bodhran.

We are truly unique when it comes to our culture, so be sure to help preserve it. Get out, go and see, and enjoy your city. For more information visit culturenight.ie.

Love,

Cultured Cuppa