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Poland's Second Francophonic Festival
March 5, 2008   
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Francophonic Festivals are immensely popular around the world and by holding its first such event last year, Poland joined the group of countries that seek to popularize French culture. The second Francophonic Festival in Poland kicks off March 6. Over the following 10 days, major Polish cities will host dozens of concerts and other events featuring contemporary French music stars.

The goal of the festival is to bring the wealth of contemporary music from French-speaking countries to Polish audiences. It features a very wide selection of musical genres, such as world music, chansons, pop and rock, and contemporary electro and afrojazz beats.

Alongside concerts, the festival program covers special movie screenings. In conjunction with the 400th anniversary of the foundation of Quebec, Canada, audiences will see several Canadian movies. The selection will also include the Pocket Films overview of videos made with cell phones, which some may know from the Pompidou Center in Paris.

Another noteworthy event will be a gig by Nouvelle Vague, a band that proves there is something very special about British songs performed in French. Audiences will also see Sayag Jazz Machine, hailed as the musical discovery of 2006, who arrange their concerts as sound-and-vision extravaganzas. Courtesy of the Rozmaitości Theater, the Francophonic Festival will mark the first Polish appearance by Nosfell, an alternative artist who experiments with diverse musical genres.

One of the youngest bands at the festival, Naast, will show that you can play loud, guitar-driven music even when you sing in French. Seyni & Yeliba will play phenomenal African reggae, drawing inspiration from the best performers of the genre, such as Alpha Blondy and Tiken Jah Fakoly.

Events will take place in Warsaw, Poznań, Wrocław, Gdańsk, Gdynia, Lublin and Szczecin.

Francophonic Festival, March 6-16
Program at www.francophonic.pl
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