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Fête de la Musique, Melville

“Fête de la Musique 2013” is back in Melville!
29 June, Melville, Johannesburg



The Fête de la Musique is:


• a live music celebration taking place every year on 21 June in France,
• a celebration of musical diversity with the Fête’s motto being Make Music!,
• a series of free concerts for the public to enjoy
• hosted in a diversity of cities & places
• a platform to showcase musicians, from amateurs to professionals.

With more than 4,000 people celebrating the last edition of Johannesburg’s “Fête de La Musique” in 2012, Melville Music Day was a huge success. The celebration saw Melville’s 7th street come alive with over 20 live acts including, The Brother Moves On, performances by the Mahotella Queens, Bongeziwe Mabandla and French Reunionese artist Davy Sicard along 7th street in participating venues.

The 2nd “Fête de La Musique”, dubbed Melville Music Day, promises to be as exciting with 7th St moved into a pedestrian-only area to welcome an expanded programme.

This free day event will include live music by international and local artists, a youth zone at Faan Smits Park, a food market, pop-up shops, street entertainment, and unique experiences offered by the sponsors such as the Converse main stage, Redbull Beat-Battles, and Renault’s Va-va-voom experience. Kaya FM will also be reporting live from the event during the day.

The “Fête” is celebration of musical diversity with its motto being Make Music! - and this year the music line-up is as diverse and exciting as the communities attending the event.

The line-up includes: 

• Jacaranda Muse, a jazz quartet from Zimbabwe (picture above),
• the French jazz pianist Laurent Coq,
• Stone Aged Souls,
• The Means,
• Shadow Club,
• Nakhane Toure,
• The Muffinz,
• Planet Lindela,
• Francophone Choir,
• Bongeziwe Mabandla
and many more.

The event is free and open to the public from 12pm to 7pm with music performances starting at 12:30pm. Families are welcome and this year there is a focused youth / family zone at Faan Smits Park.

There is also safe pay parking provided at four locations:

Important information for Fête de la Musique-goers and Melville residents:

• 7th Street is pedestrian friendly for the entire day
• Youth zone closes at 5pm
• Event starts from 12pm to 7pm
• Road closure: starts as early as 6am, on the day, roads will be closed in the following perimeter: from 8th street to 5th street and from 1st avenue to 5th avenue.
• Parking: four officials designated paying parking areas

The “Fête de La Musique”, Melville Music Day, is presented by:

• The Melville Resident Association
• The Melville Business Community
• The Alliance Francaise of Johannesburg
• The French Institute of South Africa

And with the generous support of:

• Converse
• Renault
• Redbull
• Kaya FM
• Dibukids
• The University of Johannesburg
• Sight and Sound

For more information about “The Fête de la Musique” in Johannesburg, visit www.alliance.org.za and www.facebook.com/fetedelamusiquejhb

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