The weekend is near and so is the sunshine. Get out there and soak up some culture at the French Fest. Visitors will enjoy live music, watch dance performances, taste international cuisine, play games and enjoy a day full of fun activities en français! Celebrating Francophone cultures and traditions from around the world!
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From press release:
Seattle’s French Fest: A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures
March 23, 2014
11 am-6 pm | Free | All Ages
More info: fenpnw.org
305 Harrison Street, Seattle,WA 98109
Join us for the 2nd Annual Seattle’s French Fest: A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures on March 23, 2014 at the Seattle Center’s Armory/Center House. The festival will be a free, family-friendly event open to the public with the purpose of promoting and raising awareness of Francophone cultures and traditions to the residents of the Greater Seattle area.
During the one-day event, festival-goers will listen to live music, see theater and dance performances, taste international cuisine, learn from informative seminars and demonstrations, play games and enjoy a day full of fun activities! À bientôt!
Seattle’s French Fest: A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures is presented in partnership with France Education Northwest under the auspices of the Consular Agency of France.
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Schedule and Performers
Fathia & Les Troubadours
Fathia Atallah and The Troubadours performs French Gypsy music – Uplifting songs with guitar, violin, handdrum and other instruments (Oud, Cello, etc…). They create a refreshing and magical ambiance as genuine as a voyage to France.
Te Fare O Tamatoa
Te’a rama, Te Fare O Tomatoa’s performance group performs in Seattle and surrounding cities at various events to celebrate Polynesian culture. This Tahitian form of chant and dance began as a way for people with no written language to pass on the lessons they learned from their lives.
Self-described as “Not-Ready-For-Prime-Time-But-Having-A-Good-Time,” this Seattle-based French Canadian music and stepdance group features Sue Truman, Pascale Lelong, Alicia Guinn, Dejah Leger and Julia Derby.
Gansango Dance & Music Company
Gansango Music & Dance draws on the stunning talent of a multicultural group of international dancers and musicians presenting traditional and contemporary dance and music from West Africa. The company is directed by Etienne Cakpo, originally from Benin and now a teacher and choreographer based in Seattle, Washington.
Alliance Française de Seattle Choir
La Chorale de l’Alliance Française / French Choir, directed by Kathryn Smith-Derksen, and is a group of community members who enjoy singing in French in a friendly and relaxing atmosphere. Native speakers and French novices, choir star or new singer, all included so please chantez avec nous!
This Seattle-based Cajun band, formally founded in 2007, includes members Tim Parker, TEd Granger, Karen England, and Jim Newberry and plays traditional dance music of the Francophone peoples of Southwest Louisiana. Allons danser!
Pearl Django is a jazz group established in 1994 in Tacoma, WA, by Neil Andersson, Dudley Hill, and David “Pope” Firman to incorporate the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli with American swing music. Initially a trio, they have changed and added members over the years and are now a quintet. Based in Seattle, they have played around the United States, as well as in France and Iceland.