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One Week Remaining!

Counting down the days now, only one week to go until the Bastille Day French festival kicks off for 2021!! Here's everything you need to know to plan your visit to the Bastille Day French Festival, and make the most of the French National Day.

Program Announcement!

“After a long wait, we are pleased to announce our program will be available for viewing online via our website (pdf/printable program) from Monday 12 July. It's been a shifting landscape following the recent lockdown and subsequent restrictions and we have been busy working behind the scenes to ensure our Festival runs in a COVIDSafe manner, as well as to confirm all Festival elements, including our stall holders and performers (thank you to those who have waited and waited!) Please check back on the website for a program version you can download and study up at home (copies will also be available at Market Stall 12 and inside The Edge during the Festival). We apologise for the delay and thank you for your patience and understanding, as we get ready to bring the joie de vivre to Fed Square! In the meantime, you can view our ticketed program here: 
https://www.bastilledaymelbourne.com/masterclasses-and-events/
Merci beaucoup!”

Marisia Lukaszewski – Festival Coordinator
How to get to the Festival
With the Festival being held at Fed Square this year, visit their website here https://fedsquare.com/getting-here to find out about transport, parking, and any other details you might need. 
What to bring
We'd recommend the following, to ensure you enjoy the joie de vivre to its fullest:
  • Warm clothes, and potentially a rain jacket/umbrella. (While the Festival is mostly inside, we will be outside in the Main Square for Fed Square for the first time)
  • Your tickets if attending one of our ticketed events. (e.g. Les Lumières Talks or Masterclasses)
  • Cashless payment method - while we will be operating cashless at Le Bar, some of our stallholders may be accepting cash. Be ready for both!
  • A device to scan QR codes, not only to sign-in but also for program details on-site as you wander.
  • A rug to sit back relax, and keep warm in one of Fed Square's deck chairs while watching the Big Screen.
  • Your best "bonjour!"
You’ll notice we are doing things slightly differently this year, keeping you safe, but nonetheless we're looking forward to sharing the joie de vivre with you soon!

For full details on our COVIDSafe measures, please see below.
Les Lumières Vert
Did you miss our announcement of our Vert edition of the Les Lumières Talks? With the environment and sustainability at the forefront of public discussion, this is a talk you would regret not going to! 
Les Lumières Vert: Can we achieve net zero carbon emission without decline?
Friday 16 July, 4.30pm
Presenting a dynamic discussion between panelists Dr Katie Allen MP, Louise Davidson (CEO Australian Council of Superannuation Investors), Augustin Honorat (CEO of Engie) and Shane Walden (CEO of ANL), we'll ask ‘can we achieve net-zero carbon emission without decline’?

Key players from the energy and transportation sectors, at the forefront of the energy transition, will debate with financiers and government members on whether the historical relationship between GDP and environmental impact can be weakened and effectively severed. Can we deploy new technologies and shift the nature of our consumption and lifestyle while continuing to grow GDP, even in a wealthy country such as Australia?

Join us for this enlightening and informative talk sponsored by ANL and supported by the French Australian Chamber of Commerce.
Book Now!

An Art Embroidery Revolution

In this virtual workshop, French-Australian couture designer Delphine Genin will share both the story behind the label and her thinking process when designing new pieces. Delphine will take you through her own self-questioning of what ‘normal’ exactly is, and how it ties to the idea of being ‘revolutionary’. You will be able to question Delphine on some of her collection pieces as well as her latest work of art.
Additionally, if you wish to be in the French "spirit" of the Bastille Day French Festival, why not order a special bottle of Phillippe Fourrier Pinot Noir Champagne to sip while you stitch? Simply enter code "DelphinGeninWorkshop" in your order from www.unwinedliquor.com.au. Book now and join in this rare afternoon with Delphine!
Buy Your Tickets Now!

French Can Can

Join us on Friday 16 July at 8pm at the Fed Square Plaza Screen in Fed
Square for a screening of the classic 1954 film French CanCan. Directed by
Jean Renoir, this comedy-drama chronicles the revival of Paris' most
notorious dance as it tells the story of a theatre producer who turns a
humble washerwoman into a star at the Moulin Rouge. Dress warm, bring a
rug, pull up a deck chair, and enjoy French treats from the Plaza stalls to
eat while you watch.

Posh Brioche is also giving away 100 of their 'posh brioche' (located next to the stage).
All you have to do is be one of the first 100 to show a selfie with the Knot. Make sure to include #fedsquare & #BastilleDayMelb. Available on Friday 16 July from 5-9pm or until sold out.

Roaming Performers

Ever seen a stilt walker in person? How about some fiery theatrics? Roaming around Fed Square this Bastille Day Festival, you will see performers skills as varied as they are impressive. Whether you're wandering the French Winter Market, kicking back in front of the Fed Square Big Screen, or even caught up in a queue as you await our fantastic offerings, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these moving entertainers!
Alliance Française at the Festival
Join the Alliance Française at the Bastille Day French Festival for two days celebrating everything you love about France and French culture!
 
Alliance Française Festival stall
@ The Edge Theatre, Fed Square
Friday 16 July 10am – 10:00pm & Saturday 17 July, 10am – 6pm

Join us for free language assessments, find out about our language courses, take a trip to Paris via our selfie photobooth and delight in French-themed giveaways!
France eMOTION
The making of eMOTION and a taster of what the exhibition will feature.
Interactive digital photographic exhibition
@ Swanston Hall, Lower Melbourne Town Hall
Friday 16 July – 11am – 6pm
Saturday 17 July – 10am – 5pm

Four international photographers, Ishola Akpo from Benin, Edu Monteiro from Brazil, David Schalliol from the USA and Lourdes Segade from Spain, have travelled extensively, camera in hand, throughout regional France. Each photographer offers a unique view of the diversity of French architectural heritage. Visitors will be taken on a dazzling voyage around fort walls, across the parks of châteaux, through museums and contemporary art spaces, into the vaults of abbeys and through the arches of ancient bridges en route.
  
The free exhibition features 35 images focusing on cultural, historical and architectural places of interest in France.
Whilst looking at the static images, patrons will be able to download an app and virtually explore these locations with their mobile phones, thanks to clever interactive digital French technology.

With thanks to the French Embassy for their generous support.
Read More Here!

How to Visit France in Melbourne

This year’s Bastille Day French Festival is bringing the spirit of France to the heart of Melbourne. Even after the Festival is finished, you will still be able to escape to France, while exploring Melbourne.
There’s plenty of ways to get your French fix. Whether you’re after traditional fine French cuisine, scrumptious crepes, or the perfect buttery croissant, What’s On Melbourne have you covered with their guide to finding France in Melbourne. Want to entertain at home? This handy list also includes the best places to pick up French wine, cheese and more.
Find Out More!
Our COVIDSafe Festival
You’ll notice we are doing things a little different this year, to keep you safe.
 
  • The French Winter Market will be held in the Atrium (entry via Flinders Street) and the outdoor Western Terrace (entry via Swanston Street) at Fed Square. Due to current COVIDSafe arrangements, numbers to the French Winter Market are limited and we thank you for your patience and understanding during this time. And if there is a slight delay for your entry, you will be certainly entertained by our magnifique roaming performers.
  • The Edge will be the venue for all our ticketed events such as Les Lumieres talks, French Spirits & Cheese Masterclass and Delicieux: A French Market Lunch. Entry to The Edge is with a ticket purchase only. You can purchase tickets here:
Buy Your Tickets Now!
  • This year we are thrilled to include the Western Terrace in the Festival. Once you have explore the French Winter Market, you can move into The Edge (if you have a ticket) or head out to the Main Square (Plaza) to grab a deck chair, sit back and relax and watch the fantastique digital content on the big screen.
The Bastille Day French Festival and Fed Square are committed to keeping you safe and the Festival is being held in line with current government advice and Public Health Orders. We are hosting a variety of check in points so we can ensure a safe capacity while you visit both the Atrium and The Edge. We can all play our part in keeping safe and stopping the spread:
  • Ensure you scan the QR code on arrival at the venue (in addition, we will scan your ticket).
  • Please wear a mask at all times when indoors (except when eating and drinking) and while outdoors if you are not able to distance
  • If you are feeling unwell, have any cold or flu symptoms, or have travelled from a designated red or orange zone or awaiting a COVID test result, please stay home.
  • Utilise the hand sanitizer stations throughout the venue.
  • While we may not be able to welcome you with a hand shake this year, we will certainly be welcoming you with a big smile!
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