What is Africa Day?
Africa Day, designated by the African Union as an annual celebration of the continent’s unity, falls on 25th May each year. Celebrations to mark the day occur across the globe: in some African states, it is a designated national holiday, while in diverse cities – such as New York, Dublin, Melbourne London and Washington – academic gatherings and cultural showcases mark the day.
Africa Day Celebrations in George and Globally
Outenikwa-Stat House of Rastafari has been the driving force behind Africa Day celebrations in George since 1999. Initially, it worked to fund and promote a small number of events centring around culture. In 2015, it expanded the profile of activities by hosting a significant Music festival family event in George. The festival hosts acts of, singing, dance performances, theatrical performances, storytelling, and spoken word. In addition to this flagship event, OSHOR supported a programme of community-based initiatives around the City. Over the years, the international programme of events and the profile of Africa Day in the media has grown consistently.
Since 2015 the Malgas riverside in the Outeniqua nature reserve, George, has been home to the flagship event. That year over 1,000 people took part in the festivities. This year we are expecting the at least 2,000 people to come and enjoy the festivities in the forest.
Beyond creating an enjoyable cultural festival to relax and visit with friends and families, we see this event as a very positive way to celebrate the community spirit of George and our appreciation for the citizens, students, residents, staff and volunteers of our communities in George who contribute to the sustainable Growth of our City here at the South of the South of Africa.
We hope you can join us for this fun and meaningful activity.