French-flavoured mu­sic fes­ti­val

The Tribune (NZ) - - OUT & ABOUT - RICHARD MAYS

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.

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