The Alliance Française of Port Elizabeth’s street music festival 2017
The 8th edition of the festival will run from 10am to 10pm on Saturday the 10th.
The Alliance Française Street Music Festival has developed into a signature event in the Metro of Nelson Mandela Bay. It was initially staged in 2010 by the Alliance Francaise of Port Elizabeth. The event is based on the Fête de la Musique which originated in France in 1982 and is celebrated in cities throughout France but also worldwide. The Alliance Francaise of Port Elizabeth, which has had its premises in Richmond Hill since 1990, introduced this contemporary French tradition in order to promote and give a platform to the local talents “à la French” and to stimulate cultural exchanges.
This vibrant music festival has proven over the past seven years that Port Elizabeth has an enormous base of varied musical talents and tastes as well as residents and visitors to our city who love to support local events of this nature and who have come to look forward to it as a top calendar event.
A special feature of the festival is the vibrant sidewalk culture of Richmond Hill, which is one of the defining characteristics of the Richmond Hill precinct as certain streets are closed off to traffic for the duration of the event. Key to the success of the festival in Richmond Hill is the support of the local community and the participation of local businesses and restaurants, bars, coffee shops, and food stalls, who are able to participate and profit from this event and also organize their own musicians/bands on their own premises, in addition to the stages which are supplied by the Alliance Francaise for the local and the international artists.
The Alliance Française de Port Elizabeth is expecting more than 15 local bands to perform and two international acts. The two international bands are Sax and the Machine from Paris and Tias from Réunion Island. There will be two stages this year: one facing Stanley Street and one facing Mackay Street. The Alliance has associated with The Grand for the Stanley Stage for a mutually beneficial collaboration. The public will be able to enjoy the Rugby Game with a large display that will be set up to screen the match France VS South Africa. Special accent will be put on a secure and safe environment with fences and security patrolling in the streets.
Entrance is R30 and free for the under 12 years old.
Source: Alliance Française of Port Elizabeth