Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the 1963 founding of the African Union (AU) which is celebrated in Africa and many countries around the world. It provides an opportunity to acknowledge the achievements of the peoples and governments of Africa. In Australia, Africa Day is celebrated in partnership between Africa Day Australia, numerous African Australian community organisations, members of the diplomatic corps, government organisations, members of various political parties and numerous community organisations.
Africa Day Australia (“ADA”) was established in 2012 with our inaugural activities being held at the North Melbourne Community Centre. Since then it has grown to be the default engagement and collaboration platform for African Australians (“AA”). ADA’s mission has always been to contribute to cohesion within the City of Melbourne’s diverse multicultural. This has been achieved through celebrating not only the diverse African-Australian cultures, but also providing various platforms for people of diverse backgrounds to meet, socialise and share experiences. This has been achieved through delivering various activities within the City of Melbourne such as:
- ADA Sports Festival has been celebrated at the Huddle (2013) and JJ Holland Park (2014);
- Africa’s Got Talent (AGT) held at the North Melbourne Town Hall (2013), Kensington Town Hall (2016) and Deakin Edge, Federation Square (2018);
- Families and Youth forums held at Melbourne Uni (2013 and 2014), RMIT (2015) and Library at the Docks in 2018.
- ADA Gala Dinner which has been held at the North Melbourne Town Hall (2013) and the Docklands Peninsula (2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018)
Each of these events has a diverse range of attendees that are not necessarily African, but include many people from different cultural backgrounds thus fostering community harmony and cohesion.
To create a vehicle that drives the unity and facilitate the celebration of African-Australian successes, their diverse cultures and values, and empowering these communities towards resilience and self-sufficiency.
“A united, integrated, prosperous and dignified community driven by its own empowered members”