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 week of exciting cultural activities. Now in its 6th year, NCI is proud to announce its new home at The Plaza, Axis Ballymun, Dublin 9, Ireland, made possible through the cultural partnership with Axis Arts & Community Resource Centre and Dublin City Council Ballymun area office. This year’s NCI will run from 17th – 23rd August 2015 with all exciting and fun activities designed for the entire family holding at Axis and Civic Centre in Ballymun, Dublin.

The aim of 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. This we have achieved through information dissemination and entertainment. Please find full details of the NCI on our website:

NCI provides an opportunity for businesses to promote their products and services. NCI 2015 is expected to attract Nigerians and Lovers of Nigeria from all over Ireland, Nigeria and beyond during the course of the week.

Participants at NCI are guaranteed loads of fun at this family fun day with the sight, sound and taste of Nigeria. The carnival showcases Nigerian folktales, costumes, arts and crafts, and joggles participants’ memory of oldies but goodies like catching the train, sack race, opon ayo, draught and many more.

NCI  features exclusive performances and displays by various cultural troupes from different ethnic groups within and outside Ireland in a competition, music by various artistes, fashion show and product display by vendors. There are several other interesting activities where participants can win exciting prices.

Participants can enjoy the delicious taste of palate tingling, mouth-watering, finger licking, traditional foods/drinks from Nigeria and other cultures like: Pounded Yam, edikaikan, Gbegiri, Jollof rice, suya, akara, roasted Corn, roasted Plantain (Boole), Moi-Moi, Puff-Puff and Buns to name a few. They can also learn how to Pound Yam, braid hair, tie Gele {head gear} and learn different languages, dance-steps, songs and other cultural values from around the world.

Children are not left out as the NCI CHILDREN’s VILLAGE features stories told in the ‘tales by moonlight’ fashion. They can have Ice-Cream, freshly made Candy Floss, Popcorn, Slush, Cake and also enjoy Face Painting, carnival rides, drumming workshop, Nigerian dances workshop, Balloon Modelling, Arts and Crafts, Musical Games and Quiz etc.


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