Alliance Française de Durban invites everyone to their seventh Francofête taking place on the grounds of Alliance Française de Durban in Morningside on Human Rights Day on Wednesday 21 March.
The mid-week public holiday sees a fabulous programme jam-packed with free entertainment starting at 11am. The ever-proactive Alliance Française uses this annual opportunity to showcase some of the best French; Francophone and French-inspired music; dance; theatre; workshops; visual arts; crafts and of course, wonderful delicacies, food and drink.
Emcee for the day is the magnifique spoken word hip hop poet, Iain EWOK Robinson.
Opening up the 2018 Francofête, the vibrant troop of drummers, Club Iwacu from Burundi kicks off the festivities. Following them, the team from Assitej, the organisation which supports the nurturing of youth theatre, will be performing. Assitej’s Pietermaritzburg’s Art’s Kollective will be performing their piece entitled Mind your Language, an enchanting tale of three pre-schoolers getting lost on a school trip, all speaking different indigenous languages. The trio needs to team up and overcome their different languages to re-join the school trip: a beautiful story affirming our differences and diversity and the need to find commonality and work together.
The main acts on the stage in the afternoon include punky Reggae band from Pietermaritzburg, Undivided Roots. Multi-talented French Congolese singer, Rene Tshiankanyi will be serenading the audience with his French songs, original multi-lingual compositions and ballads. The main act, Madala Kunene and Mabi Gabriel Thobejane kick off their 50 Years Anniversary South African Tour here at the Alliance. The renowned duo, king of the Zulu guitar, Kunene and veteran percussionist, Thobejane have an acoustic bluesy set lined up celebrating both of their musical journey spanning half a century.
During the day there will be face painting, a kiddies drawing corner, dance and music.
Director for the Alliance Francaise, Vincent Frontczyk said, “We are delighted that this is our seventh year. Our fête is very family-orientated, it is a fun day activity. We will have car guards around the Alliance perimeter…. And best of all, there is no entry fee!”
“The Francofête celebrates diversity and tolerance on the occasion of Human Rights Day and Francophone week, bringing together all walks of life in Durban, transcending through all cultures, generations, home languages and communities. We look forward to a festive day of social cohesion in English, isiZulu, French, and more.”
Livening up the day, there will be a live art performance taking place. Led by Nivesh Rawatlal who recently exhibited his artworks at the Alliance, joining him for the live mural painting are artists Wonder Boy and Luke Molver.
Back again, Swiss chef, Markus Bänziger will be sharing his Swiss delights offering his Francofête culinary favourites, together with his refreshing craft beers on tap. Alliance’s own French fusion café will be offering tantalising cuisine.
Doors open up at 10.30am. Entrance is free, and drinks and food are for your own account.
Alliance Française would like to thank the Embassy of Switzerland in South Africa, the Swiss Art Council Pro-helvetia, Assitej SA and Black Coffee.
For more info visit http://www.alliance.org.za/durban/ or like their Facebook page or visit them at Alliance Française at 22 Sutton Crescent, Morningside, tel 031 312 9582.
Photo Credit: Maxime Cercel