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​ONE of Melville’s hip streets will be turned into a symphony of sound during the Fête de la Musique, a celebration of arts and culture, on 30 June.

Seventh Street will be closed off to traffic on the day to accommodate scores of performers and cultural acts. This free event is part of France-South Africa Seasons 2012, a cultural initiative meant to improve mutual understanding and contribute to the diversification of France’s image in South Africa and vice versa.

The large crowd that is expected can look forward to a variety of acts. They include The Brother Moves On, Davy Sicard and Nibs van der Spuy, The Mahotella Queens, Bongeziwe Mabandla, Afrida Marimba Band, Jozi, Nancy G, Uju, The Fantastique Guys, Nicky B, Fly Chix, Giant Match, Carlo Mombelli, and Joao Orecchia.

On top of this, there will be puppet parades, street shows, open-air film screenings and open mic sessions for those wannabe musicians or actors who want to be discovered. Fête de le Musique hopes to draw a diverse crowd of the young and the young at heart. There will be entertainment for the kids as well as for the parents.

The restaurants on Seventh Street will not be left out of the day’s excitement. They are asked to spill out on to the street and will create a special menu just for the day. The event begins at 12noon and will end at 9pm. Those who want to enter the open mic session can register on

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