FrancoFEST Hamilton, the largest francophone festival of its kind in the Niagara Peninsula, returns live and in person to Gage Park to kick off summer. Presented by the Center francophone Hamilton, the 2022 edition will take place on June 17 and 18 and will feature some of the best French-language entertainment in Canada, as well as a host of free workshops and activities for the whole family.

A unique arts and culture festival in Hamilton, FrancoFest brings together the many Francophones and Francophiles of the Niagara region to meet in the intimacy of a carnival-like festival and enjoy a selection of the best artists. Francophones in Canada. True to the circus tradition, this year FrancoFEST will present Hisse et Ho! by Le Gros Orteil (Otterbrun, QC), a company that creates shows for young audiences, mixing circus arts, physical theater and clowning.

This year’s lineup will feature 15 artists, including critically acclaimed YAO, a multi-award winning performer; singer-songwriter Stef Paquette, who returns for a 4th consecutive year to host the festival; singer-songwriter Céleste Lévis; the popular DJ Unpier accompanied by his dancers; the optimistic Quebec group Samajam and their interactive show; the roots music of Franco-Abenaki singer-songwriter Mimi O Bonsawin; talented Malian percussionist Adama Daou; famous Moroccan oud player Hassan El Hadi; fabulous drag performer Jezebel Bardot; the dazzling traditional hoop dancer Makhena Rankin Guérin; fiery Salsa Soul dancers; and the percussion and samba group Hamilton Beat Harmonic. Festival-goers will also be able to discover 3 local emerging talents: Breezy, Émilie Guérin and DJ Elleäna.

FrancoFEST has partnered with other arts organizations to offer pre-festival activities, including two wonderful shows for children: Wood (June 8 at 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.), a puppet show for young audiences aged 3 to 8 years, by the Quebec company Puzzle Théâtre; and Yassama and the Beaded Calabash (June 11 at 10:30 a.m.), a dance performance for young audiences aged 3 to 10, by Lua Shayenne. Both shows are presented in collaboration with the WeeFestival and the Aquarius Theater.

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An initiative of the Center francophone Hamilton.

FrancoFEST Hamilton 2022

June 17 and 18

Gage Park (Gage Ave. S. & Main St. E., Hamilton)


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