Africa Day 2015 / Living Together

Africa Day 2015 / Living Together
Yeoville Bellevue, Johannesburg
Sat 23 May 9:00-17:30 / Yeoville Recreation Centre
Free entrance

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The Africa Week Festival is a multicultural vehicle for the promotion of human rights and social cohesion. It is aimed at combating all forms of discrimination including racism, sexism and xenophobia. The aim of the Africa Day celebration is also to promote a dynamic link between the continental body and communities on the ground.

The celebration showcases the richness and diversity of African Culture in carnival, songs, dances, music, arts, crafts, clothing, exhibition and food.

The Africa Week Festival would not be possible without the support and financial assistance from a range of sponsors and partners. As usual, the event is hosted by Africa Week organising committee, which is made up of organisations and individuals working and living around Yeoville Bellevue led by the African Diaspora Forum (ADF). This year, we also have the support from the Foundation for Human rights, the South African police Service (SAPS) the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS) the SABC’s Channel Africa and the Gauteng Province.

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Programme


9.00-10.00 am
AFRICAN DRUMMING CAMPAIGN
(Yeoville Recreation Centre)

9.00-12.30pm
AFRICAN CULTURAL PARADE
Led by SAPS BRASS BAND
(Starting and finishing at the Yeoville Recreation Centre)

12.30-1.00 pm
OFFICIAL OPENING
(Yeoville Recreation Centre)

1.00-05.00 pm
STAGE PERFORMANCES
(Yeoville Recreation Centre- Live Music from Iris, Tidal Waves, Duze Naye, Nizah, Shutters, Big Trees, Cacharel, Darseen, and Rockerstar)

 

 



Africa Day - The History

Africa Day marks the day in 1963 of the formation of the Organisation of Africa Unity (OAU). Many African Countries had just gained independence from the European colonial powers that had ruled over much of the continent since the 19th century.


Newly independent Africa States decided to form the OAU as a vehicle for economic and political cooperation.

Since then the OAU has been restructured and is now called the African Union. Africa Day continues to be celebrated – in some countries it is a public holiday.

South Africa began to celebrate Africa Day in 1994 and today a South African, Nkosasana Dlamini Zuma is Chair Person of the Africa Union Commission.

On Africa Day 2010, we celebrated the Soccer World Cup and in 2013, the 50th Anniversary of Africa Day.