NIGERIAN CARNIVAL IRELAND (NCI) is a Culture-Centric Irish based social enterprise, dedicated to promoting integration, celebrating cultural diversity , and encouraging social inclusion & community engagement through our various areas of arts and enterprise activities including festivals, theatre, fairs & Expos, fashion shows, youth exchange etc.
Started in 2010 as a cultural Festival, the first edition of the NIGERIAN CARNIVAL IRELAND (NCI) festival was a one-day celebration, held on 28th August 2010 at the historic Phoenix Park, Dublin, Ireland, (one of the largest walled city parks in Europe and home to the Irish President). In its second year, NCI grew rapidly and expanded to one full week of exciting cultural activities. In 2014, NCI celebrated its 5th anniversary at Smithfield Square, Dublin City, with participation and support from the world famous Carnival Calabar, Cross River State, Nigeria.
NCI Cultural Festival has since earned its place as, not just the first of its kind celebration of Nigeria/Nigerians in the largest such gathering, in Ireland, but also the leading platform where people from the diverse multi-cultures of Ireland and internationally come together meet in the Republic of Ireland. It is the biggest and most popular mainstream Nigerian outdoor event in Ireland and Europe.
In 2015, as the NIGERIAN CARNIVAL IRELAND organisation ventured into other forms of Arts and Cultural activities, the festival became known as CULTUREFEST. The same year, NCI moved to its current home at The Plaza, Axis Ballymun, Dublin 9, Ireland, a move made possible through the cultural partnership with Axis Arts & Community Resource Centre and Dublin City Council Ballymun area office. In 2016, NCI began to explore International partnership as it took part in Brouhaha International Festival, Liverpool, sparking off a beautiful synergy that has now evolved into a European and International partnership.
Now in its 9th year, NCI has developed its activities to become an eclectic mix of International arts and culture events. Central to NCI‘s activities is community engagement and international participation. In the lead up to our flagship CultureFest Dublin, NCI creates an opportunity for, and brings together, young people from diverse backgrounds all across Europe who face cultural differences, social obstacles, economic obstacles, Geographical obstacles, and who are from low income neighborhoods, are unemployed, have experience of hate crime, are from Black and Minority Ethnic backgrounds (BME), as well as youth arts workers from minority backgrounds or who are working within inner-city multicultural community contexts.
These young people who previously would not have had the opportunity to engage with the arts in a meaningful way, are given the opportunity to:
- connect with people from different cultures.
- Take part in international mobility opportunities for young people from diverse backgrounds of less opportunity.
- Gain new competences and experiences of the use of the arts as a tool for combating societal issues.
- Deepen knowledge, skills and attitude in order to better organize international youth arts engagement projects.
- Build their skills through practical workshops, peer to peer work and partnership building activities.
- Development their transversal and entrepreneurial skills.
- Learn to deliver social/cultural action projects that empower them to engage in society as ‘positive change makers’.
- Develop understanding of arts engagement practices that act as key tool for wider community and civil society development.
To be a dynamic and innovative platform for the celebration of Cultures in Ireland with creative participation in the arts and within communities.
Our aim at NCI is to promote integration, celebrate cultural diversity and heritage, inform and educate people about the diverse cultures of the now multi-cultural Ireland while re-orientating perception of Nigeria to defeat negative stereotypes.
- NCI has over the years developed its work into several areas of arts, including:
- Theatre Arts
- Carnival Arts
- Fashion show
- Youth Exchanges
- Artists promotion
- Community events
- Charity Fundraising
- Recognition and Award
- Drum/Dance Workshops
- Capacity building projects
- Nigerian Language School
- International Collaborations
- Youth training & development projects
- Business, Investment and Tourism Expo
- Youth cultural education and orientation
- International Collaboration and partnership
NCI provides opportunities for organisations and businesses to promotes their products and services.