‘Fête de la Musique’ to mingle the French way

2016-06-23 06:00
<More than 30 local artists and 2 international artists (from France & Reunion Island) will on Saturday (10:00-22:00) perform at the Fete de la Musique in Richmond Hill. Seen above is Zetine performing during the Fete de la Musique held in Johannesburg. Photo: MUNTO VILAKAZI

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Vibrant street muscicans, fine food and pure French flamboyance are what can be expected at the “Fête de la Musique” music festival in Richmond Hill on Saturday.

“The “Fête de la Musique” allows musicians and members of the public to interact on a social level.

“It is also an opportunity to discover new artists and is an interesting vehicle for musicians to entertain them,” said Charlotte Jarnet, director of Fête de la Musique.

There will more than 30 local artists and 2 international artists (from France & from Reunion Island) performing at the festival which will be take place on two stages (10:00-22:00).

The festival was initially launched in France on the 21st June 1982 and has become an annual social tradition in cities throughout France.

Based in Port Elizabeth since 1960 and in Richmond Hill since 1990, the Alliance Française, International Language School & Cultural Centre, has launched this festival to combine a contemporary French tradition with South African musical culture.

“The Alliance Française believes that Richmond Hill is the ideal venue to host the Fête de la Musique as it is a vibrant suburb with a large variety of restaurants and boutiques situated in the area,” said Jarnet.

Festival-goers will have the opportunity to walk from one venue to another and in so doing discover a variety of bands.

Raleigh Street will be the focus of the festival, with the main stage in Raleigh/Bain & Alliance Française stage in Raleigh/Mackay.

  • The area will be fenced off for the festival and there will be an entry fee for more security (R20/person and free for 12 years & younger).

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