French-flavoured music festival
Every June since 1982, French people have gathered in the streets to enjoy free World Festival of Music or Feˆte de la Musique concerts to mark the arrival of summer.
Despite it being winter downunder, Alliance Franc¸aise Palmerston North is ready to again share this tuneful side of French culture.
Morgane Ouin from Alliance said the free eight-and-a-half-hour celebration gets under way at City Library on Saturday at 2pm, culminating in a performance from 8.30pm by Sam Manzanza and the Afro Beat Band from Wellington.
The extended concert includes an afternoon appearance by Taranaki band Sonic Delusion. Swiss-Kiwi Andre Manella will return to the city to play, following the recent album launch party held in The Dark Room.
As well as a range of musical genres embracing classical, pop, rock, indie, folk, jazz and brass, Ouin promised an inclusive family-friendly occasion.
‘‘There will be an afternoon tea for children and a light supper for everyone in the evening.’’
Along with performances by local Alliance students, pupils of Wanganui Collegiate would entertain with a varied programme.
During the afternoon, local folk singers would be joined by Feilding Brass playing a set of jazz and swing.
In the evening, jazz band A53 and ‘‘philosophical rock band’’ The Weird Prophets would be playing.
Alliance Franc¸aise intern Florence Beccafichi-Dionisi said Fete de la Musique was a strong tradition in France.
One of the organisation’s major annual events, the local celebration is designed to show the involvement of the French community in Palmerston North, while sharing a quintessential aspect of French culture.
Sam Manzanza will perform at the Africa Music Festival in Wellington on Saturday.