A Johannesburg Street Party

Melville's 2014 Fete De La Musique

Melville’s 2014 Fete De La Musique

Fete de la Musique, held in Melville last weekend, was celebrated by more than ten thousand people, and was one of the main events of the 2014 French season in South Africa.

Organized by Alliance Francais, Fete de la Musique is fast becoming our most colorful, creative and multi cultural affair. It’s a giant street party, starting mid morning and carrying on late into the night, with an extraordinary line up of local and International artists.

Seventh Avenue is closed off and all the cafes and restaurants open up on to the street, selling anything flavorful, French or African. The vibe is extraordinary and the pavement is filled with drummers, stilt walkers, mime-artists, craft beers and cocktails.

Our food truckers (under the umbrella of the Mother Truckers) are all out in full force too. If you don’t know Jozi food truckers, it’s time to find out.  They’re an institution, travelling from market to fair to picnic, and offer some amazing cuisine.   Balkan Burgers, Vuyos, Full of Beans, Street Chef – to name just a few.

You can pick up something to eat and wander around, or find a table, take off your jacket (the sun always seem to come out) and relax, listening to music.  Drumming, Soul, Jazz, African Funk, Choral – there’s something for everyone, and something for all ages.  Kids have their own section, with jumping castles, balloon artists and candy floss.

The highlight this year was a French performance art piece, ‘Herbert’s Dream – to the Moon and Back’.  Thousands of people lined the streets as these extraordinary street artists, on stilts, wearing voluminous moon like white outfits, danced and played, eventually releasing the moon.

If you missed the Fete de la Musique this year, don’t worry; it will be back next year.  And In the meantime you can visit the Alliance Francais in Parkview, (close to all our Johannesburg Guest Houses) at any time.  They have a lovely coffee shop, fresh brioche, an amazing French library, and often host various cultural affairs – poetry slams, music concerts and art exhibitions.