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Quality music at week-long festival

Mere Naleba
Thursday, June 19, 2014

A MUSIC festival organised by the Alliance Francaise and the French Embassy that started on Monday is a platform of providing access to quality music.

These were the words of Alliance Francaise events and social media co-ordinator Sylvie Charmant.

Ms Charmant said the aim of the festival was to promote a music culture where amateur and professional musicians were able to create and make music comfortably and allow music goers to appreciate good music.

"The aim is to give free access to music for everybody and everywhere," she said.

"The festival started in Fiji about 15 years ago and it has always been held for one week and it has always been a mixture of concept for the artists," Ms Charmant said.

The music festival, which is said to have first begun in the streets of Paris in 1982, is now an annual event in 460 cities in 110 countries.

Last night's performance was held at the Grand Pacific Hotel which joins sponsorship with several organisations in staging the week-long event.

Guest of honour at the Fête de la Musique is a four-member band — String Quartet — a group from the Conservatory of Music from New Caledonia.

The group will perform tonight with local musicians at the Fiji Museum.

She said with Saturday being the last day for the festival, people were welcome to enjoy the different genres of music that would be performed by the 12 artists from 2pm to 11pm, which include Jazz, Blues, Rock, and Reggae.

"The purpose of the de la musique is to provide access to good music to everyone. The admission is free."

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