If it all sounds a bit hypnotic, so be it.
“Mélisande [électrotrad] are among the myriad entertainment acts scheduled to perform at the 40th Annual International Folk Festival on Sept. 28, 29 and 30 in downtown Fayetteville,” announces Deborah Martin Mintz, Executive Director of the Arts Council of Fayetteville-Cumberland County.
The group is slated to take the stage in Festival Park at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29, and also 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 30.
Led by the vocalist Mélisande and her accomplice Alexandre “Moulin” de Grosbois-Garand, the band has offered daring artistic performances to the folk-world music scene since its debut in 2014. The success of the first two albums, hailed by critics from home and abroad, allowed them to present more than 150 shows in Canada, Australia, France and the United States.
The sophomore album Les millésimes (Borealis Records, 2017) features a collection of traditional francophone songs carefully selected after researching various archive centers in Quebec and the United States, according to the group’s website. With an infectious energy and engaging stage presence, the band is known for prompting crowd stomping, dancing and singing wherever it performs.
Fayetteville’s 40th Annual International Folk Festival will include free multicultural performance artists throughout the weekend (Sept. 28, 29, 30), including opening act Terrance Simien & The Zydeco Experience on Friday night and Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra on Saturday evening, as well as many regional musicians and dancers.
Also committed are more than 50 arts and crafts vendors and an array of food vendors, with authentic fare for sale in The International Cafe. A Parade of Nations, which traditionally features local people representing more than 30 countries or cultures, also returns to Hay Street at 10:30 on Saturday morning.
The International Folk Festival is offered free to the public, thanks to the support of Sponsors. For the third consecutive year, the Arts Council is honored to announce that Compare Foods is the Vanguard Partner for the festival. Leading Sponsors are the North Carolina Education Lottery, Lumbee River EMC, and The Fayetteville Observer. Supporting Sponsors are Cape Fear Eye Associates and CarolinasDentist. Friend Sponsors include BB&T, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Mike Ransom/Farm Bureau Insurance, and WRAL-TV. New to the festival are rickshaws for transporting festival attendees; sponsor for the six rickshaws is Coldwell Banker Advantage. Also new to the festival are Saturday night fireworks sponsored by Hale Artificier. The Arts Council also is pleased to announce Red Lion Inn & Suites as the Preferred Hotel Partner for the International Folk Festival. In-kind beverage Sponsors are Coca-Cola and R.A. Jeffreys. The Arts Council also receives annual support from Cumberland County, the City of Fayetteville, and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.
For more information about the International Folk Festival,visit www.TheArtsCouncil.com/iff.
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ABOUT THE ARTS COUNCIL
The Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County was founded in 1973. As a link between artists, arts and cultural organizations and the community, the nonprofit agency administers programs in partnership with a variety of local agencies to stimulate community development through the arts. The Arts Council supports individual creativity, cultural preservation, economic development and lifelong learning through the arts.
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The Arts Council’s grants, programs and services are funded in part by contributions from businesses and individuals, and through grants from the City of Fayetteville, Cumberland County and the N.C. Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.