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Africanwomenculture: VSO to exhibit at Africa Day 2012- Celebrating African culture around the world

VSO to exhibit at Africa Day 2012- Celebrating African culture around the world


VSO is proud to announce that we will be attending a special event in Dublin this weekend to mark Africa Day 2012. Africa Day is celebrated around the world every year on May 25th. Its aim is to celebrate African diversity and to highlight the cultural and economic potential that exists on the African continent.

To join the celebrations, international development charity VSO will be attending the Dublin Africa Day public event which takes place in CHQ Building and Georges Dock, Custom House Quay on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th May.

The event, supported by Irish Aid, is free to members of the public, and is aimed at increasing the public’s understanding of Ireland’s development programme in Africa, as well as broadening public understanding of African culture. Running from 12.00pm to 7.00pm on both days, the event will showcase live music, drumming, dancing and ethnic food, while also displaying traditional costumes, art, crafts and photography.

The theme for Africa Day 2012 is ‘trade’. Speaking about the event today, VSO Director Malcolm Quigley expressed hope that the event would highlight the potential that exists across the continent.

‘’In 2010, Africa´s average rate of growth amounted to 4.9%, up from 3.1% in 2009.  It is a continent bursting with potential.

VSO’s innovative business partnerships in countries like Ghana and Uganda help companies find value in Africa, while helping rural workers trade and support themselves.

Accenture, Cadbury’s and Ben and Jerry’s are just some of VSO’s business partners who wish to bring shared value to the communities they work in by partnering with NGOs like VSO.”

VSO recruits experienced and professional volunteers to fight poverty and places them in the following African countries: Ethiopia, Ghana, The Gambia, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sierra Leone, South Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe. As a development charity that brings people together to fight poverty, the VSO stand at Africa Day 2012 is designed to educate people about our work in livelihoods.

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