Third an­nual Franco Fes­ti­val set for Sept. 14-15

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La Coopéra­tive d’in­té­gra­tion fran­co­phone (CIF) de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard presents the third an­nual Franco Fes­ti­val, Sept. 14 and 15, in a num­ber of venues in Char­lot­te­town. Ad­mis­sion to Franco Fes­ti­val is free, and all are wel­come. It kicks off to­day at 8 p.m. at Up­street Craft Brew­ing with Aca­dian DJ Arthur Comeau. Then on Satur­day, Vic­to­ria Row will come alive as one big cel­e­bra­tion of the mu­sic and di­ver­sity of the fran­co­phone world with a se­ries of con­certs be­gin­ning at noon. Per­form­ers will in­clude Sanza from Mon­tréal, fea­tur­ing world per­cus­sion sounds, Rox­anne and Claude with their blend of roots ori­ented franco folk, lo­cal Aca­dian youth band Les Palour­des, Mary Beth Carty from Cape Bre­ton with her unique mix­ture of Celtic and Québe­cois dance mu­sic, Bonsa an award-win­ning griot from Burk­ina-Faso and his band, and Michael Pen­der­gast with his reper­toire of tra­di­tional P.E.I. songs from his Aca­dian roots. This year, Franco Fes­ti­val has also added a new com­po­nent es­pe­cially geared to fran­co­phone youth, through a part­ner­ship with l’École François Buote in Char­lot­te­town. Stu­dents will en­joy a whole day aimed at fos­ter­ing a bet­ter un­der­stand­ing of di­ver­sity and mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism through en­gag­ing and fun ac­tiv­i­ties.

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