BASSETERRE, St.Kitts (Friday 19th July 2019)-This weekend, the Alliance Française de St. Kitts and Nevis is scheduled to host its annual Fundraising French Buffet Dinner -with an elegant dress code attached- in celebration of Bastille Day-the National Day of France commemorated on 14th July.
For the second year in a row, the event will be held under the patronage of Governor General Sir S.W. Tapley Seaton at Government House located at Springfield- Saturday 20th July at 7pm.
Director of the Alliance Française Marine Moncaut, during an interview with this media house, labelled the event the main fundraiser of the year.
“So the reason why we organise this event and it is important that we get that support too is that we are a non-profit organisation; we need to raise funds all the time and this is like main event fundraiser for the year. We are marking it as the Bastille Day event because it’s around that time…but it’s mostly an event where we count on the local community to support our actions.”
As informed, event entertainment will be provided by the Department of Culture with traditional percussions, flutes and dance as well as a song by the winners of the French Singing Competition.
“We have to emphasize on both parts of the culture,” shared Moncaut.
According to her, the Alliance Française’s mission is to promote the French language and the French culture in considering diversity and the local host.
“The Alliance Française is located in different places in the world and the mission is to promote the diversity through our culture and our language with collaboration with the local culture. It is very important for us to emphasise on that because it’s not about imposing our culture or anything related to such; it’s about giving some attraction to the language for those who want to learn different language and attract to a different culture also, and in collaboration with the local culture in recognition of the local history.”
The 2018 event saw the attendance of over 100 people including the Ambassador of France to the OECS Philippe Ardanaz.
Asked what she anticipates tomorrow’s event to be like, Moncaut replied: “We are hoping to have as many or more as the support because through the year, we organise different events, we always say we’re non- profit. We try to organise events that are low costs or free most of the time because the point isn’t to make money but at some point we need to get some oil in the machine for us to function and function well and if we want to develop we have to get the support.”
“So the support from our partners and sponsors we get it; we are hoping to get the support from the attendance of persons also to come and support the Alliance Française,” she further told.
Tickets can be sourced via WhatsApp at 1-869-667-9019 (Marine Moncaut), at the Alliance Française de St. Kitts and Nevis located at 1 Orchid Street or by credit card via jad.cash.
Event sponsors include Spice Mill, Poinciana, Marshall’s, Serendipity, Sweet & Savory, St. Kitts Marriott Resort & The Royal Beach Casino, Discovery bar, Ti Amo, Island Bakeries, Mixitalia SKN, Les Grands Vins de France, Opus Fine Wines and Spirits and Celebration City.