Monday, September 20, 2010 9:25 PM
Update on the International Festival of Raleigh
I am excited to announce the official Francophone Program for the 2010 International Festival of Raleigh. It is also available on our website at www.internationalfestival.org. For our purposes, I am only including all countries that are an official part of ?la Francophonie?. If you are interested in seeing the schedule for the other countries, please visit our website. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at the International Focus office at 782-0552. I am always there between the hours of 10:00AM and 1:00PM. Some days I am there until 3:00 or 4:00 PM. It all depends on my teaching schedule; however, the week before the festival begins, beginning Monday, September 27th, I will be in the office from 10:00AM until 4:00PM all week.
France will be the main Francophone contributor in our festival. The Alliance Fran?aise will have a sidewalk caf? where we will be selling our scrumptious French desserts. I am happy to say that we are partnering with Lionel from La Farm Bakery this year; therefore, I know our desserts will be better than ever. The Alliance Fran?aise will also be having a cultural exhibit where we will expand on the festival?s theme of global celebrations by emphasizing la F?te des Rois, which takes place on January 6th, as well as a few provincial holidays.
Biergarten Stage ? Friday, October 1st,at 6:00PM ? Mich?le Darrah
Mich?le Darrah is the president of the Alliance Fran?aise. She plays the guitar beautifully and always leads the singing in French at our social events. I am always amazed at the variety of music she performs.
French, chansons from the 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, and well known Piaf songs, Charles Trenet, Barbara, Brassens, Moustaki, Beart, Francoise Hardy, songs about Paris, and some very old popular traditional songs .
Dancing Demonstration ? Friday, October 1st, at 8:00PM ? Kwandies
This is a special group from the suburbs of Paris. I am so excited that they are coming to perform for us. Lucelle, their ambassador, is one of the sweetest people I?ve ever met.
Special performance for the International Festival of Raleigh 5 Friends decide to go to the U.S to make an exceptional show with diverse artistic gifts from hip-hop, Gospel songs, singers, Latino dancers, percussions and comedians and the will to make it big conquering the AMERICAN DREAM. They will talk about French culture, the challenge of speaking the language with humor.
Biergarten Stage ? Saturday, October 2nd, at 3:30 PM ? Kwandies
This is the exact same group at just above. There are just two performances in two different places.
Cooking Demonstration ? Sunday, October 3rd, at 5:00PM
Chef Lil Lacassagne of St. Jacques Restaurant will give a cooking demonstration on how to prepare ?beouf bourgignon?.
Biergarten Stage ? Saturday, October 2nd, at 6:00PM ? Kiali Keba Cissokho
Diali began formal training at the age of 7 as a percussionist, korist, and dancer and got his first job as a musician in Senegal at the age of 13. He learned the traditional rhythms, dances, and songs from his family members, and has lifelong experiences learning and participating in the artistic endeavors of his uncles, aunts, parents, and grandparents, all griots themselves. Over the course of his musical career, Diali Keba has had the opportunity to teach lessons to students from all over the world, perform in numerous music and dance groups, and serve as both a kora player and cultural educator, sharing the history and culture of Senegal, with audiences in Senegal and abroad.
This is the first year the Canadians in North Carolina have had a booth at our international festival. The Canadians will be expanding on the theme of global celebrations by emphasizing Canada Day and Hockey Night. They will be displaying many interesting aspects of the beautiful country of Canada. They will even have the Olympic Torch from this past year?s Winter Olympics to show everyone!!!!!
This is also the first year that the Swiss have had a booth. We are very happy to have them participate this year. The Swiss will be expanding on the theme of global celebrations by emphasizing their year-long traditions. They will be displaying various aspects of the amazing country of Switzerland. I have seen the items they will be handing out, including their famous Toblerones. Be sure to stop by the Swiss cultural booth.
La R?publique du Congo
I am excited to introduce Congo in its first appearance at our international festival. They will have a cultural exhibit that will be expanding on our theme of global celebrations by emphasizing the traditional wedding in the country of Congo. Congo will also have an international bazaar booth where a variety of items from Congo may be purchased.
The Vietnamese have been participating in our festival for years, and they are always a delightful aspect of our festival. They will be having a sidewalk caf? featuring many wonderful aspects of Vietnamese cuisine, such as their summer rolls, spring rolls, and tropical bubble tea. I love their tropical bubble tea!! They will also have a bazaar where various items from Vietnam will be sold, including wooden toys for children. At their cultural exhibit, they will highlight the importance of the Vietnamese New Year. Finally, they will be participating in the following ways:
Cooking Demonstration ? Friday, October 1st, at 5:30PM
Summer Rolls, presented by Karin Shank and Minh Bebeau
Main Stage ? Saturday, October 2nd, at 1:45 PM, and Sunday, October 3rd, at 1:20PM
Vietnamese adult dancers will perform.
Main Stage ? Saturday, October 2nd, at 2:00PM, and Sunday, October 3rd at 2:00PM
The Vietnamese children will be participating in both the Saturday and Sunday Young People?s Matin?e
Romania is new this year, and we are pleased to have this country as a part of our festival. The participants of Romania will be expanding on the theme of global celebrations by emphasizing many of their holidays, including the spring celebrations of Martisor and Women?s Day.
The Lebanese have been participating in our festival for years. They will be having a sidewalk caf? featuring traditional, authentic Lebanese cuisine, such as chicken, beef, and lambs gyros as well as hummus. Their cultural exhibit will expand upon the theme of global celebrations by emphasizing the celebration of the birth of a child. Finally, they will be participating in our dancing program on Main Stage. They will be dancing at the following times:
Main Stage ? Friday, October 1st, at 8:15PM; Saturday, October 2nd, at 7:05PM; Sunday, October 3rd, at 6:00PM
The Lebanese adult dancers will perform.
Main Stage ? Saturday, October 2nd, at 8:30PM, and Sunday, October 3rd, at 3:00PM
The Lebanese teen dancers will perform.
The Egyptians have been part of the festival for a while, although I don?t remember their participation last year. They will be having a sidewalk caf?, featuring traditional, authentic Egyptian cuisine, such as baklava, babousa, meat kabobs, macaroni b?chamel, and spinach pie. They will also be having a cultural exhibit where they will expand on the theme of global celebrations by emphasizing the Egyptian Thanksgiving holiday.
Les Danseurs d?Afrique
Although these African dancers are listed under Nigeria in the program, the dancers come from various African countries, and among them are several Francophone countries such as la C?te d?Ivoire, le Togo, and le Cameroun. The following is their scheduled performance:
Main Stage ? Saturday, October 2nd, at 11:35AM ? Nigerians
This group performs several Western African dances, such as their war dance. Although this group is usually paid for their performances, they are doing it for us for free, for which we are very thankful.
*Kongite, the lady who will be at the Ethiopian coffee booth and/or cultural booth, speaks French very well. If you would like to practice your French, see Kongite!!!
Demonstration of the Merengue
This dancing demonstration will highlight two dances, the Salsa and the Merengue. The scheduled time is as follows:
Dancing Demonstration ? Friday, October 1st, at 5:00PM ? Salsa and Merengue
Salsa is a syncretic dance form with origins from Cuba, as the original meeting point of European and African cultures. Its movements originate in Cuban Son, with strong influences from Mambo, Guaguanco, and other Afro-Cuban music. Merengue is a combination of two dances, the African and the French Minuet, from the late 1700's - early 1800's. The black slaves saw the ballroom dances in the Big Houses and when they had their own festivities started mimicking the "masters' dances". But the Europeans dances were not fun, they were very boring and staid, so over time, the slaves added a special upbeat (provided by the drums), this was a slight skip or a hop.
Magic Carpet Dancers
I am putting this group under la Francophonie because of the various North African countries, as well as the islands of the Pacific and Caribbean, are French-speaking; therefore, although this is not totally Francophone, it has Francophone elements to it.
Dancing Demonstration ? Saturday, October 2nd, at 12:30PM
Authentic regional dances from North Africa, the Middle and Near East, as well as the Islands of the Pacific, the Caribbean, Mexico, South America, and India.
The Lost Nomads
Once again, this is a group with Francophone elements, but not completely Francophone. Some of the music comes from Francophone countries, such as Algeria, Lebanon, and Egypt.
Biergarten Stage ? Saturday, October 2nd, at 10:00AM
The Lost Nomads are a Middle Eastern music ensemble playing traditional and modern music from Turkey, Armenia, Israel, Egypt, Algeria, Lebanon, and beyond. They play mostly up-tempo dance songs and provide live music for many talented dancers in the Triangle area. The Lost Nomads perform regularly at festivals and events throughout central North Carolina and have just released their second CD: ?Around the Inland Sea?.
Thank you for your support of the French-speaking world by coming to the International Festival of Raleigh. I look forward to seeing you there. I?ll be wearing my STAFF shirt, so it will be relatively easy to find me among the crowds.