It's celebration time for the Fransaskois community!
Did you know that since 1980, le Conseil culturel fransaskois (CCF) has organized a yearly Festival fransaskois? This year, the event, formerly known as la Fête fransaskoise, features not only a new name but also a new format.
The Festival fransaskois 2019 will be held July 5-7 at Pike Lake Provincial Park, located 20 minutes south of Saskatoon.
In this beautiful setting, festival-goers can take part in many community activities while discovering or re-discovering Fransaskois artists or artists from the Canadian Francophonie.
A milestone event for all participants
David Lawlor, a musician and French language instructor at La Cité universitaire francophone of the University of Regina, first attended the event in 1982 at Saint-Laurent. Except for two or three editions, he has always been present as a musician or music enthusiast.
As David so aptly says, this event “has always provided a ‘family fun’ atmosphere where you can meet and celebrate with friends from across Saskatchewan."
His best memory goes back to the 1990 edition, held at Little Red River Park, north of Prince Albert: "What a wonderful place! Camping in the trees of northern Saskatchewan, a hot-air balloon ... just beautiful!"
A renewed format placing emphasis on family experience
The 2019 edition focuses especially on family activities; our network of Fransaskois organizations will collaborate to provide family activities that delight both children and adults.
The Société historique de la Saskatchewan (SHS) will present, among other things, the Kairos First Nations awareness event. Also, a theme treasure hunt focusing on the Fransaskois community will allow families to work together in taking up the challenges.
As for musical programming, Isabelle la Wonderful will entertain children with her colourful show!
Diversified music programming
For Jean de Dieu Ndayahundwa, who took part in the 2016 and 2018 editions of the Festival Fête Fransaskoise, his best memory goes back to the musical program of the 2018 edition that brought together several stage artists including the group Raquette à claquettes and Fransaskois rapper Kaya Free of Burundian origin.
It is important for Jean de Dieu to "take part in this unifying event, because it allows us to celebrate cultural diversity in our community and to have some family fun, all in French."
Once again, this year the event will especially feature cultural diversity.
In addition to hosting prairie-born artists such as Ponteix, Lord Byrun, Shawn Jobin and Annette Campagne, the Festival fransaskois 2019 program includes YAO, a Côte d'Ivoire-born singer of Togolese origin now living in Ontario; Alpha YaYa Diallo, guitarist and singer from Guinea; the Quebec band Les Colocs; and Innu singer-songwriter Shauit.
The Francophonie is first and foremost a linguistic, geographic and musical plural reality, and the Festival fransaskois intends to embody this reality.
Whether you are Francophone, Francophile, Anglophone, allophone, young or old, come and celebrate the Fransaskois community July 5-7 at Pike Lake Provincial Park!
This three-day event is made possible thanks to the support of several community organizations and partners such as Tourism Saskatchewan and Sask Culture.
To see programming and further information on camping opportunities, shuttle service or access to the site, visit www.festivalfransaskois.ca.