Tuesday, 3 March 2015
RE AFRICA DAY COVENTRY UK 2015
This is to announce the first annual African Day 2015 in Coventry West midlands which will be celebrated by many African communities in the UK on the 12-13 th June 2015 in Coventry. African Day 2015 will help raise political, social, cultural and economic awareness in African communities across West Midlands especially Coventry. The establishment of an annual celebration of Africa Day is designed to ensure that everyone in the community is aware of the invaluable contributions and achievements of African communities in West midlands and UK as a whole..
Originally, It has been a source of information about the struggles for liberation and development. But this year’s theme is DEVELOPMENT THROUGH DIVERSITY. We intend to high light the social, cultural and Economic aspects of the African Diaspora in Coventry- West Midlands. We also intend to honour and encourage Diaspora achievements that contributes towards development in the region.This will be possible with the support of African Missions in the UK
Formal gatherings with panel discussions, street marches(mini carnival)/Market stalls, speeches by political, cultural ,economic and social leaders, special university lecture at Coventry University, rallies featuring cultural entertainment, poetry, and speakers, the African Literature and book festival-which is a lively and interactive panel discussions, where experts will discuss a range of topics to reflect the dynamic changes that are taking place in contemporary African writing.
CREATING GREAT CHARACTERS-How do writers create characters that make stories come alive? Would you or a member of your family make a good hero or heroine? A creative writing workshop for all the family.
THE ART OF STORY-TELLING-What are the essential ingredients of a story? What are the main steps in making one? Come and learn the basics and create a small piece of your own! Aimed at 13-19 year olds.
STORYTIME-Explore the rich and diverse cultures, peoples and places of Africa through these interactive story-telling workshops aimed at 4-7 and 8-12 year olds. Parents welcome too.
The event will also host the Ambassador’s Forum , which will be an interactive forum focusing on Tourism, culture the significant economic growth performance and challenges recently recorded in Africa, with particular emphasis on the contribution of the Manufacturing sector, to further strengthen intra Africa trade .In attendance e will be Ambassadors and High commissioner accredited to the court of St. James in the UK and Northern Island.
An exhibition showcasing products and services from Africa based small and medium enterprises, large industries and support institutions will be part of the whole program. The event will include live music, Africa’s finest cuisine, & entertainment for all ages. (bouncy castles, face painting, artist corner, dancing & much more).So get involved and let’s spread the word as far and wide as possible!Our large, vibrant and beautiful community deserves this!
This event is jointly organised by Newdeal Africa, Ben Television and Coventry City Council .
DAY ONE: Ambassador’s conference, Dinner, trade fair, Book and Literature festival, Africa Oral history, exhibition and awards
DAY TWO: Carnival/Music Festival, Food demonstration, cloths and Fashion Show, African dances.
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The call that brought us together remains the same today-living side by side as a community. Then we joined together in a collective spirit-built on lasting principles, wisdom, energy, love, community cohesion, multiculturalism and creativity-to meet the great tasks of our times. As we are celebrating the Africa day, all of us as a people should welcome that achievement. Together , we should continue to work hard to deal with today’s challenges so that the young generation can realise the potential and aspirations. In that we can look to the future with confidence