CANTERBURY musician Gervais Koffi is set to perform at this year's Bastille Festival, which will take place at Circular Quay across four huge days this weekend.
Born on the Ivory Coast, Gervais travelled the world performing before moving to Australia in 1998 to explore the music scene. A superb bass player and vocalist and a magnificent dancer who breathes life into any audience, he will perform with his band The African Diaspora.
"I'm from the Ivory Coast which is a French colony, so our culture is very similar to the French culture and the Bastille Festival is a great opportunity to share a part of that culture in Australia," Gervais said.
Following a 2016 event with over 500,000 attendees, the free street celebration returns to Sydney's Circular Quay for its fifth year, with a jam-packed program involving over 100 performance artists, an open-air cinema, more than 100 specialty food offerings and an incredible selection of beers and wines from Thursday to Sunday.
"I love that Bastille Day is an expression of freedom," Gervais said.
"I've travelled the world and I don't think I've seen a country as completely blended as France, especially Paris, so it's great to share that idea of freedom and bringing people together."
Gervais says festival goers will get to experience a variety of cultures, through food, through music and through the atmosphere.
"The music we play will be high-energy and both French and African. People ask why we play French music but it's a part of our heritage and a part of our country's heritage. Our music will engage audiences and create a celebration," he said.
For further information and the program, visit: bastillefestival.com.