Africa Day Celebrations

May 25, 2012 
Sri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi

Africa Day is celebrated all over the world on May 25th every year. The aim is to highlight Africa’s diversity, success, economic potential and cultural resonance with the rest of the world. May 25, 2012 marked the 49th Africa Day and 10 years of AU (African Union).

Aimed at building bridges between African and Indian youth, entrepreneurs and visionaries, INDIAFRICA: A shared Future hosted a cultural evening to celebrate Africa Day at Siri Fort Auditorium, New Delhi. theIdeaWorks, the managing partner of ‘INDIAFRICA: A Shared Future’, initiative, a unique people to people outreach programme supported by the Public Diplomacy Division of the Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, choreographed an evening of dance and music, featuring performances by Indian and African artistes.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr Navdeep Suri, Joint Secretary, Ministry of External Affairs, Government of India, said, “India’s ties with Africa go back a long time. We are here today to celebrate our cultures, our friendships and our successes, to learn from each other and create a shared future together. The driving vision of INDIAFRICA: A Shared Future is to work together to unleash the enormous energy of young people, to encourage their unique and powerful creative ideas, and to enable them to be facilitators and catalysts of this process.”

Highlighting the significance of INDIAFRICA: A Shard Future, Amit Shahi, CEO, theIdeaWorks said that “The objective is to bring two billion thinking minds to compete, collaborate and co-create a better future for all. When two billion people start to build a dream together, a new history can be scripted. In today’s global scenario when global cooperation is the key to success, the youth of a country can play a vital role in creating a more connected world and in turn a better future for all.” INDIAN OCEAN, the iconic fusion band; Horn of Africa, an African dance troupe; Amazing Talent, an African rock band in Delhi, Rio Des Djika, a band from the Democratic Republic of Congo and SLUMGODS, the Hip Hop Collective mesmerised the audience with an amazing display of talent. Amazing Talent shared the stage with INDIAN OCEAN, playing together on the popular number, ‘Desh Mera’ from the film ‘Peepli Live’.

While the fusion band INDIAN OCEAN regaled the audience with their popular soulful hits, the African groups presented a kaleidoscopic of African culture through their dance and music.

Horn of Africa’ troupe presented the traditional Somali dance ‘dhaanto’ which came to them from their Egyptian- Puntite ancestors. This dance and other traditional dances showcased by the troupe are still preserved in the Somali culture.

Rio Des Djika and Amazing Talent bands from Congo and Nigeria formed by students currently studying in India presented an interesting medley of African music. From performing the traditional ‘Makossa’ to singing Bollywood numbers, they enthralled the audience and kept the spirit of INDIAFRICA alive.

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