Africa Week - 22-24 May

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Africa Week is an annual event organized by the African Permanent Delegations to UNESCO which aims to increase the visibility of Africa by highlighting the diversity of its cultural and artistic heritage.

It has been initiated as part if the celebration of World Africa Day (May 25th). This day celebrates the commemoration of the creation of the African Union Organization on May 25th 1963 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia under the patronage of Negus Haïlé Sélassié.

In Brazil, Brazil-Africa: Crossed Histories Programme celebrates this day to promote the acknowledgement of the importance of the intersection between the African History and Culture with Brazilian History and Culture. Its objective is to positively change the relations of the various ethnic-racial groups that live in Brazil.

Africa Week Africa Week is celebrated from 22 to 24 May. It is an opportunity to organize cultural festivities such as art exhibitions, film screenings, food tastings and a gala evening. It is also an occasion to attend Conferences and debates on a number of critical issues for the African continent and for its influences in the Brazilian History and Culture.

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Africa Day, 25 May

Africa Day is the annual commemoration of the founding of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on 25 May, 1963.

"On 25 May 1963, these great visionaries took the historic stride and formed an institution that would be the vanguard of the African people’s aspirations for freedom, unity and solidarity. This Day would not have been possible without the sacrifices of the the founding fathers and those of the African heroes and heroines who fought to liberate our continent from the vestiges of colonialism, racism and apartheid. Today, we are free because of the sacrifices they made." (His Excellency Robert Mugabe, Chairperson of the African Union).

Despite the disbandment of the OAU and the establishment of the African Union as it successor in 2002, the name and date have been retained as a celebration of the African unity.

Each year, Africa Day is the opportunity to celebrate the achievements of the continent and to reflect on its remaining challenges.

Source: Office of the Special Adviser on Africa (OSAA)

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