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Alliance Francaise Street Music Festival gears up for 2019

By Jesica Slabbert - Jun 23, 2018
Alliance Francaise Street Music Festival gears up for 2019

After their resounding success in 2017, the organisers of the Alliance Francaise Street Music Festival that takes place in Richmond Hill, Port Elizabeth, are preparing to go bigger and better for their next festival in 2019 by adding new and exciting elements to the existing activities.

Due to the Director of Alliance Francaise being away on maternity leave, they have decided not to host the festival this year. They have announced, however, that they will be putting a great deal of focus on enhancing the Street Music Festival for 2019.

The new focus will include a major initiative to focus on diversity in the Metro and will include exciting initiatives to spark an interest for tourists and tourism activities that are authentic and unique to Nelson Mandela Bay.

“We decided that the Alliance Francaise of Port Elizabeth would accept the challenge and use the successful music festival to build new partnerships,” said Lize-Marie Marais, voluntary President of the organisation.

“We believe that our festival can extend its vision to a festival that encompasses all, and subtly prods our consciousness and connectedness while entertaining all communities in the Metro.”

The theme for the 2019 festival ‘Celebrating Diversity’, aims to give a distinctive brand to the festival and create an opportunity to make an impact on the Nelson Mandela Bay community as a whole.

Nelson Mandela Bay Executive Mayor, Athol Trollip, expressed his excitement that local organisations were coming together in the Metro.

“I am thrilled that the Alliance Francaise has accepted the challenge to make a difference. I am particularly encouraged by the vision to innovate the offerings to all our residents and visitors throughout the year and boost the earning abilities of our SMME’s,” said Trollip.

Shaun Van Eck, from Magnetic Storm, the local organiser for the Festival, stated that the theme will allow community activities to be run before the 2019 event and then climax at the festival.

“The creation of the Diversity Walk will give us the opportunity to create a unique and saleable angle for many tourism and community activities,” said Shaun.

Restaurants in Stanley Street have also been approached about the Festival, and have agreed to support the run-up to the Festival and the main event itself.

New elements for the Festival include chefs from the community, photographers, clothing designers, crafters, buskers and artists.

Social media posts of the event will be shown on a big screen as well as graffiti boards, so selfies are highly encouraged!

The Alliance Francaise of Port Elizabeth has acknowledged that the festival will be missed in 2019, but believe that it is the right decision as it is vital to ensure that they present a better festival over the years.