Join the Fun at this Year’s Bastille Day French Festival !

The storming of the Bastille on July 14, 1789 resulted in a very important day for France: its National Day which celebrates the birth of the French Democratic Republic. It is celebrated everywhere in France and around the world, in big cities as well as small country villages. The Francophile and Francophone associations of Victoria are taking this opportunity to share with the community culture, the arts, education, sport and the French language around their annual Bastille Day French Festival, which has become an unmissable winter event in Melbourne.

Wondering about the 2023 program? Find all your answers here!

This year, the free entry festival will take place at Queen Victoria Market on Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th July. 

Bring your family and friends to enjoy the winter market with a selection of your favorite French dishes, wines and artisanal products . Music and animations will not be lacking either.

During the Festival, you can also attend workshops on various topics such as gastronomy, wine, perfumes and French fashion. There will also be guided walking tours of Melbourne, to discover its hidden secrets. In addition, satellite talks called Les Lumières will be avaialble to explore the impact of French culture on the modern world:

  • Lumières Rouge on French history and impact of the Revolution on fashion,
  • Lumières Blanc with a presentation of the works and life of the French artist Pierre Bonnard,
  • Lumières Bleu  a Pacific Blue photo contest: any amateur photographer can enter with an amazing prize to win!
  • Lumières Vert  a startup pitch contest on green tech “Sharks and Dragons style”, with public interaction 
  • Lumières Jaune on the Road to the Olympic Village in Paris. 

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