Today, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., the Unitarian Universalist Church on Elmwood Avenue at West Ferry will be hosting Le Franco Festibal du Beau-Fleuve in celebration of Buffalo’s French-speaking cultures.
The event will highlight music, dance, games and cuisine of various French-speaking lands, including parts of Africa, Haiti, Quebec, Louisiana and, of course, France. At 1:30 p.m., Ron Davis will be performing Cajun accordion music. At 2 p.m. Asakivle Buffalo will be presenting their work in Soukri, Haiti. Afterward, Gypsy Jazz a la Django with Hutch Tech’s Six String Circus will perform. At 3 p.m., Franck Desire of Haiti will be playing Haitian songs and rhythms. Raymond Sylla’s West African Drummers will be performing at 3:30 p.m.
There will also be an exhibit of paintings from Haiti, arts and crafts from West Africa and Designs by Dovi and Girls, which will be all available for purchasing. Participants in this year’s event can also sew their own beret, play French games and watch music videos from France, Africa, Louisiana, and Quebec. Various French-inspired foods will be available to sample, including gumbo, crepes, couscous, croissants au chocolat and tartes a la crème. Visitors can also meet with French speakers from around the world.
General admission to the event will be $5, with student admission at $3. The event is being sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French, the Buffalo State College French Department, the Alliance Francaise de Buffalo, Buffalo-Lille Sister-City Association, Asakivle Buffalo Friends of Haiti, Shango Bistro and Buffalo Public Schools’ World Languages Department. The Unitarian Universalist Church is located at the corner of Elmwood Avenue and West Ferry. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We also ask that all comments on this post be in French.