Celebrate French-Speaking Cultures from Around the World at Seattle’s 1st Annual French Fest!
Seattle, WA, January 24, 2013: Do you delight in Belgian moules-frites? Have you danced the Tahitian Fa’arapu or Québecoise claquettes? Or perhaps you are a gas at France’s Mille Bornes. Well, get ready for Seattle’s 1st Annual French Fest: A Celebration of French-Speaking Cultures to take place on Sunday, March 24th, 11am – 6pm, in the Armory/Center House at the Seattle Center. The festival will be a free, family-friendly event open to the public with the purpose of promoting and raising awareness of Francophone cultures and traditions to the residents of the Greater Seattle area. During the one-day event, festival-goers will listen to live music, see theater and dance performances, taste international cuisine, learn from informative seminars and demonstrations, play games and enjoy a day full of fun activities!
Following the unanimous decision of the Board of Directors of France Education Northwest, the festival organizers, to transition away from the Bastille Day Festival, they sought to create a more inclusive venue for French-speaking cultures from around the world to celebrate their beautiful, unique differences and shared language. French Fest will feature cultural groups and performance artists from all over the Greater Seattle area and beyond focusing programming on two major themes: cultural traditions and contemporary representations.
For those interested in getting more involved with French Fest, sponsorship and other promotional opportunities, including vendor and community organization booths (click here for more info), as well as volunteer opportunities (click here to register), are available. Stay tuned for more French Fest announcements and the complete schedule of activities! To learn more about the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie please visit www.francophonie.org
French Fest is a proud participant in Seattle Center Festál, a series of 22 world festivals highlighting the distinct cultures and common threads of ethnic communities in our region through traditional and contemporary art, music, foods, youth activities, workshops and more. This collection of cultural events is produced with the generous support of Coca~Cola, The Boeing Company, T-Mobile, Wells Fargo, Real Networks and KUOW 94.9 Public Radio. Additional support is provided by 4Culture, Washington StaSeattle Center Foundation and the City of Seattle.