NIGERIAN CARNIVAL IRELAND (NCI) is the first of its kind celebration of Nigeria and Nigerians in the Republic of Ireland, bringing Nigerians and lovers of Nigeria together in the largest such gathering. It is the biggest and most popular mainstream Nigerian outdoor event in Ireland and Europe.

The first edition of the NCI 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 moved to its current home at The Plaza, Axis Ballymun, Dublin 9, Ireland in 2015, 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 8th year, NCI 2017 is proud to announce its collaboration with Five International partners from five European countries, who will all be taking part in NCI 2017;

  • Brouhaha International Festival from Liverpool, UK.
  • Bombrando from Portugal
  • Associacio Cultural XXL from Spain
  • Vereniging KalentuRa from Netherlands
  • Associazione Enjoy from Italy

NCI 2017 will run from 14th – 20th August 2017 with new and exciting cultural workshops, creative arts sessions, networking and partnership building, live performances and presentations and fun filled street parade.


To be a dynamic and innovative platform for the celebration of Nigerian and the diverse Cultures in Ireland with creative participation in the arts.


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. 


  • Carnival Arts
  • Festival
  • Community events
  • Theatre Arts
  • Capacity building
  • Recognition and Award
  • Fashion show
  • Charity Fundraising
  • Artists promotion
  • Children’s cultural education and orientation
  • Business, Investment and Tourism Expo
  • International Collaboration and partnership

NCI provides opportunities for organisations and businesses and promotes their products and services.

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