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Two Weeks to Go!!
This time in two weeks, we will be in full flight at Fed Square and online, enjoying the magnificent joie de vivre of this year's Festival. We can't wait to welcome you either in-person at Fed Square or virtually.

What to expect at this year's Festival


Aside from our exciting ticketed events – Les Lumières Talks, Delicieux: A French Market Lunch, and more – we have plenty of FREE program events to soak in the joie de vivre during the Bastille Day festivities. 
 
  • Explore the French Winter Market in the Atrium and Plaza, featuring Melbourne’s best French stalls selling mulled wine, crêpes, croissants, pastries, cheese and champagne just to name a few.
  • Tune into a series of online and screened digital content (watch at home or in Fed Square) including the made-in Melbourne short documentary Home Shift Home, performances by Soprano Lorena Stipani and pianist David McNicol as well as DJ Tanzer, and the Huxleys.
  • Kick up your heels with live roaming entertainment including live music and performances.
  • Walk through, around, wonder and immerse yourself in The Knot by French Artist Cyril Lancelin at Fed Square.
  • Relax in a deck chair at Fed Square to watch French Can Can on the Plaza Big Screen on Friday 16 July at 8pm.
Fed Square welcomes The Knot
See Fed Square light up like never before with the hero art installation The Knot. The bold, larger-than-life immersive artwork by French visual artist Cyril Lancelin will illuminate the Melbourne night sky fluorescent pink between July 15 until September 5. Join us at the Festival to be wowed by the scale of the inflatable 3-dimensional installation as you explore the pink knot from all angles.

Image Credit: Fed Square

French Winter Market

Always a favourite of the Festival here in Melbourne, the French Winter Market will give you access to a plethora of authentically French products and experiences. With FREE entry, you will have the liberty to wander to your heart's content through a small slice of France, when travel isn’t possible.
With all the walking you’ll be doing, there will no doubt be a need of good food to keep you going. Maybe you’ve developed a hankering for some delectable French cheese? Check out the raclette from Frencheese. A pairing with cured meats and champagne you say? Your ports of call will be found in Farcecharcuterie and Le Bar. In fact, Le Bar will be cashless, s
erving mulled wine, champagne, french wine, beer and cider! 
Of course, France isn’t all about food (even if we like to think so!) The rich marketplace of stalls will be offering plenty of French fashion, jewellery, books, and more. 
We suppose you’ll just have to find out for yourself on 16 and 17 July what other hidden gems and delightful delicacies await!  

Fed Square Plaza

After exploring the French Winter Market in the Atrium and the Plaza, grab a deck chair, bring your own rug and sit back, relax and enjoy a host of free French content on the iconic Fed Square Screen. Featuring documentaries about expatriation and a French composer; classical French melodies and new world musical artistry, this is the perfect way to enjoy the joie de vivre of this year’s Bastille Day French Festival. 
Can't make it to Fed Square on one or both of our dates? Tune in online to our website www.bastilledaymelbourne.com to watch the same fantastic content from the comfort of your own home.

Masterclass and Workshop

 
One of the great pleasures at the Festival this year will no doubt be our curiosity-piquing Masterclass and Workshop. We're ecstatic to announce them to you!
French Spirits and Cheese
Join Spirits Of France's Valerie Blayac, who will take you on a delicious tour of French spirits and aperitifs paired with delicious cheeses. You will enjoy 6 Drinks from Armagnac, Cognac, Calvados and their Mistelles. Whether you've frequented many a brasserie, taking a Cognac and soaking in the afternoon sun or are simply looking to absorb knowledge of some of France's great drinks, this is the masterclass for you! 
Book Your Tickets Here!
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.unwined.com.au. Book now and join in this rare afternoon with Delphine!
Book Your Tickets Here!
Delicieux! A French Market Lunch
Did you miss our announcement of Delicieux - A French Market Lunch?  
On Saturday 17 July, we invite you to join a bespoke tour of the best French market goods, direct from our French Winter Market to you, while you dine banquet-style in The Edge. There will be a host of delicacies to sample, before service of Delicieux's signature dessert dish along with barrel-aged Armagnac from Spirits of France. The vendors will be equally available following lunch should you wish to buy any of the products you will have tried!
To set the ambiance, the lunch will also be accompanied by a musical performance by French-born performer (and radio announcer at 3RRR) Edith Vignal.

Why not partake in the ideal French gastronomie, with artisan beverages and an unparalleled dining experience. Perfect to share with another person. So indulge as the French do - with good food and wine!
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