One of the highlights of the year is the Fete de la Musique in Melville. I live in the area (Richmond) and since 2012 when this celebration started I have been interested to learn how my neighbours and family (my sister lives on the other side of Melville in Westdene) respond to this grand event. Fete de la Musique is brought to us by the French who have been doing this in France, as well as other places in Europe and Africa for decades now.
In 2012 5000 people attended. In 2013 this number doubled and spurred on by this success the event is being expanded in 2014. The 2014 family friendly Fete de la Musique will be taking place on the 28th June 2014 on 7th Street and the immediate area around 7th Street which is turned into a pedestrian friendly zone for the day. There will be two outdoor stages and several bands, both national and international, as well as amateur and profession, in the various restaurants, cafes and bars. There is apparently a specialised child area, but not sure how that works.
There will be dedicated safe parking and increased security for the day. Entry to the area is free, but I’m sure that one will be required to buy at least a drink in the restaurants and bars.
I was fortunate enough to be invited to the Alliance Francaise to the media launch for this event where we were treated to a fabulous performance by Greg Giorgiades from Ultranatives on the oud and the ukelele. He will also be playing at the 2014 Fete de la Musique.
I will not be able to be present at the Fete de la Musique on 28 June 2014 as I will be on holiday, but I am sure that this will be an absolute blast. I will be catching at least one of the acts, the Didier Labbe Quartet, in Grahamstown at the National Arts Festival on 3 July 2014 at 22:00.
The Fete de la Musique 2014 is brought to you by the Melville Residents Association (MRA), the Melville Business Association (MBA), the French Institute of South Africa (IFAS), the Délégation Générale des Alliances Françaises (DGAF) and the Alliance francaise of Johannesburg with the support of Western Union, Absa, Café Mexico, City of Joburg, Alliance française of Vanderbiljpark, Vaal University of Technology, Postnet, Air Liquide, Pro Helvetia, Air Austral, Conseil Regional 974, European Union, France Volontaires, Yvette (for photographs) and Domino Intelligence (for video).