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Celebrating Buffalo’s French-Speaking Cultures

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  We also ask that all comments on this post be in French.

Written by Sarah Maurer

Sarah Maurer

I moved to Buffalo to attend Canisius College in 2007 and began writing for Buffalo Rising as a journalism intern in 2010. Working with Newell and meeting numerous entrepreneurs, activists and everyday folks who were working to make their city better made a huge impact on my decision to stay here. After witnessing all the positive development and grassroots initiatives happening in neighborhoods throughout the city, I was inspired to pursue a term of service in AmeriCorps and a career in Buffalo's non-profit sector. I currently work in the housing department at the Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Services Center of WNY and am excited to be a part of their ongoing efforts to revitalize the Broadway Fillmore neighborhood. I also volunteer as the project coordinator for Artfarms Buffalo. I continue to write for Buffalo Rising because I love having the opportunity to stay connected to those working toward positive changes for the Queen City.

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