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Third annual Franco Festival set for Sept. 14-15

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La Coopérative d’intégration francophone (CIF) de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard presents the third annual Franco Festival, Sept. 14-15, in a number of venues in Charlottetown.

Admission to Franco Festival is free, and all are welcome.

It kicks off Friday at 8 p.m. at Upstreet Craft Brewing with Acadian DJ Arthur Comeau.

Then on Saturday, Victoria Row will come alive as one big celebration of the music and diversity of the francophone world with a series of concerts beginning at noon.

Performers will include Sanza from Montréal, featuring world percussion sounds, Roxanne and Claude with their blend of roots-oriented franco folk, local Acadian youth band Les Palourdes, Mary Beth Carty from Cape Breton with her unique mixture of Celtic and Québecois dance music, Bonsa an award-winning griot from Burkina-Faso and his band, and Michael Pendergast with his repertoire of traditional P.E.I. songs from his Acadian roots.

This year, Franco Festival has also added a new component especially geared to francophone youth, through a partnership with l’École François Buote in Charlottetown. Students will enjoy a whole day aimed at fostering a better understanding of diversity and multiculturalism through engaging and fun activities.

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