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One week to go! 

In just over a week, we will be kicking up our heels, devouring a crêpe and celebrating Vive la Révolution

Here's everything you need to know to plan your visit, either in person or online.

Online from Thursday 14th July
At Fed Square, Saturday 16th – Sunday 17th July 
10am – 6pm (Saturday) and 10am – 5pm (Sunday)


Study up the live entertainment program
Explore the French Winter Market and start planning your visit
Book your Les Lumières talks or Masterclass now. Hurry, tickets selling fast!

Bastille Day French Festival welcomes Peugeot!

We are delighted to announce Peugeot as the naming sponsor of the Bastille Day French Festival this year! What could be more fitting than a French brand whose spirit is as revolutionary as that of La République Française?

Did you know a premium French brand is the oldest car company in existence? Did you know that brand is Peugeot? This proudly pioneering French company was founded in 1810, originally as a steel foundry, in the town of Valentigney in Franche-Comté. Much has changed in the intervening years!

Renowned for style and French flair, it’s appropriate that the nineteenth-century fashion for crinolines brought Peugeot into vehicle manufacturing. Why? Well crinolines are made of hoops of steel rods; this led to them making bicycles – a skill they still possess today - and from there, automobiles.

The first Peugeot car was produced in 1889: a steam powered tricycle. By 1890 their innovative spirit had already moved to petrol. Peugeot was also a forerunner in the electric car game, pioneering vehicles since 1941! It’s a high-technology arena in which they will soon have an increasing Australian presence, with many exciting new technologies to come in the future.

Bravo Peugeot!

Joining us in person? Here's your Festival guide to Fed Square

How to get there
With the Festival being held again at Fed Square this year, visit their website here to find out about transport, parking and any other details you might need. 

What to bring
To ensure you enjoy the joie de vivre to its fullest, here are some handy tips:

  • We know Melbourne's weather can be dynamic and while we have ordered a glorious sunny winter day, a reminder to bring warm clothes and potentially a rain jacket/umbrella. (While the Festival is mostly inside, some elements will be outside).
  • Don't forget to bring your tickets (an electronic or paper copy) if attending one of our ticketed events. (e.g. Les Lumières Talks or Masterclasses)
  • Don't forget your appetite! You will be able to enjoy delicious treats in the French Winter Market, located in The Atrium.
  • Don't forget your dancing shoes, and tap your toes along to our live entertainment, located in The Edge.
  • While we will be operating cashless sales, some of our stallholders may be accepting cash. Be ready for both!
  • Bring your phone so you can scan the QR codes and access the digital program details on-site as you explore the Festival.
  • While masks are not required, if you feel more comfortable wearing one, please do bring one with you.
  • Most importantly, don't forget to bring your best "bonjour!" and the spirit of la Révolution.
We look forward to sharing the joie de vivre with you next weekend!

France eMOTION: le voyage animé 

The 2022 Bastille Day French Festival team is proud to announce the upcoming augmented-reality photographic exhibition France eMOTION: le voyage animé – a partnership between the Embassy of France, Institut Français, Atout France, us the Bastille Day French Festival 2022 and the Alliance Française de Melbourne. The exhibition is co-presented by Collins Place Melbourne.

Lovers of travel, art and architecture will have the opportunity to experience this travel-inspired exhibition featuring 35 panels showcasing photographs taken by four international photographers.

Viewers can use their phones to watch the photography come to life via clever interactive digital French technology.

Find out more about this magical and immersive experience
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
Satirday 16 July 10am – 6pm & Sunday 17 July, 10am – 5pm
Join them for free language assessments (and receive a gift in return), find out about their language courses and take a trip to a Parisian cafe via our selfie photobooth! 

Joining us online? Study up the program now.

Staying at home? Or just want to tune into something in your own time? Then check out our online program!

Listen to a sneak peek from NGV Senior Curator Dr Miranda Wallace, in readiness for Les Lumiéres BLANC: The Picasso Century.
Hear from Olympic gold medallist and Tour de France Femmes trailblazer, Kathy Watt. Kathy will be live in conversation with Gabriél Gate and Donna Kite on Saturday 16th July at 1pm.
Learn how to make Ratatouille, a classic French Provençal dish, with Stefan Armentano, Chef at Small French Bar


More highlights include:
- Learn about Baker and Owner of Motte, Olivier Chan Chan, and his family history on Reunion
- Start your French language journey with Alliance Française Melbourne
- Listen to our favourite French music with our specially curated Spotify playlist

Tune into our full online program now

Looking to continue the celebrations?

In conjunction with the Bastille Day French Festival, three fabulous French bistros are offering a special treat on Monday 18 July.

Continue the Bastille Day French Festival celebrations with a delicious French meal! There are still a few spots left, hurry book now before they all sell out.

Dine at Bistro Gitan, a vibrant bistro with a contemporary French and Spanish inspired menu in South Yarra with chef Chris Leeson.

Featuring a fabulous set menu from the Jura region of France from where the Raymond family originates.

52 Toorak Rd, West South Yarra
Bookings for 6.30pm arrival for 7pm dinner

Dinner introduced by Marie Wilkening – Le Brun, Vice President of Bastille Day French Festival

Click here to book.

Enjoy lunch at Bistro Thierry, with classic French dishes in a convivial, elegant dining room.

Prix fixe lunch. Two course and a glass of wine.

511 Malvern Rd, Toorak
Bookings from 12 – 3pm

Click here to book.

Small French Bar
Sold out.

To make a future booking, click here.

Meet our Sponsors

The Bastille Day French Festival wouldn't be possible without the support and partnerships with our sponsors. 

We thank them for their ongoing support and commitment to the Bastille Day French Festival.

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