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GUIDE: Experience a 'slice' of what Africa has to offer this week

GUIDE: Experience a 'slice' of what Africa has to offer this week

Monday 22 May 2023

GUIDE: Experience a 'slice' of what Africa has to offer this week

Monday 22 May 2023


This week marks Africa Awareness Week, a yearly celebration of the continent's culture, diversity, and people... but what events should you be aware of in Jersey this week?

Friends of Africa Jersey CI, with support from the Government of Jersey, is hosting a buffet of Africa Awareness Week celebrations with special recognition of Africa Day on 25 May.

The week focuses on celebrating culture and diversity as well as allowing islanders to experience a 'slice' of what Africa has to share.

More people of African ethnicity are living in Jersey than ever before. According to the 2021 Census report, 764 people recorded their ethnicity as 'African' - which is 0.7% of the population - while in 2011 only 256 were recorded.

Here's what's on this week to help you celebrate African culture...

African and Caribbean lunch

Experience African and Caribbean cuisine and music from singer-songwriter Vusa Mkhaya and band at St Helier Town Hall between 12:00-14:00 on 23 and 25 May.

Entry to the event is free. Food at the event is £10 per portion on a first come, first served basis.

Africa Day Dinner

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The seventh annual Africa Day Dinner will be taking place at the Pomme D'Or Hotel at 19:00 on Saturday 27 May.

The event hopes to celebrate all the goodness Africa has to offer in Jersey, making it a unique place to live and work.

Friends of Africa Jersey CI supports all people living in Jersey from Africa and the Caribbeans to integrate into the community and for them to share their culture with the island. They promote integration, support human rights, tolerance and work with islanders to make Jersey a culturally diverse place.

Tickets for the Africa Day Dinner are £75 and can be purchased by emailing africadayjsy@gmail.com.

You can find out more information here.

School events

Africa Day organisers are also running free vocalisation workshops at Grouville School (on 24 May) and the JCG Prep (on 26 May).

This will celebrate culture for young people with traditional rhythms and songs from Southern Africa from a well-travelled artist who has performed in over 50 countries across the world.

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