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Next month, Brisbane's celebration of all things French is taking place with two great All-French celebrations with Alliance Francaise de Brisbane in the thick of the action. The first of the revelries is the long-running, annual Le Festival.

Since its inception in 2010, Le Festival has grown to be the largest French Festival in Australia with more than 40,000 registered visitors. It is a unique rendezvous for all Brisbanites, with a special emphasis on our French ex-pats, who crave the cuisine, culture and entertainment of France to gather and experience France in all its glory.

Le Festival is back at Southbank with celebrations running from Friday 6 to Sunday, 8 July, 2018. All the old favourites and some new attractions will be there for you to enjoy, including the famous French Market, Cordon Bleu Masterclasses, Duval-Leroy Exclusive Wines and Champagnes Bars, Le Mini-Festival, Institutional Pavilions, merchandise, raffles and lots, lots more all along South Bank's Cultural Forecourt. Take a look here at some of the fantastic action on offer at La Festival.

As usual, Alliance Francaise de Brisbane, a festival partner, will be among over 70 stalls dispensing gourmet food, beverages, fashion and entertainment with its magnificent Institutional Pavilion operating in conjunction with the French Embassy and Campus France.

The Alliance Francaise pavilion will showcase its extensive library including its incomparable 'culturethèque' or your very own French e-library. See how you can have 24/7 access from your personal computer, tablet or smartphone to your favourite magazines as soon as they're published, view concerts and shows, listen to lectures, introduce children to cultural materials, read e-books, comics; just about whatever you'd like to research that's French.

Culturetheque now has pages dedicated to young children, featuring characters from renowned children's series such as Lucky Luke, Pitt Ocha, Mimi Cracra, Ariol as well as magazines such as, Abricot, Papoum, Les P'tites Sorcières, Spirou and Mickey.

You will also be able to learn about the extensive language teaching facilities available through Alliance. Open to students of all levels from beginners to fluent speakers. Alliance staff teach French all year round and offer a variety of options to allow students to learn at their own pace with specific courses for:
Private lessons;
Online learning;
Corporate focus; and

The Alliance will also be running quizzes providing you with the possibility of winning prizes including some very sought-after short-course classes. For the young ones, there will be a kids' corner in the Pavilion with organised activities such as crafting and painting along with presentations of short animated films.
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Then, when Le Festival is over, Alliance Francaise has organised itself for another great La French Week. Lasting from Monday, 9 July until Sunday, 15 July, 2018 La French Week includes Bastille Day celebrations on Saturday, 14 July.

La French Week is a whole week of French activities across Brisbane and, again, as partners to the organisers, Alliance Francaise will be in the thick of the excitement. Expect to see more on this event soon.

In the meantime, you can get more information about Alliance's activities for Le Festival here or for more general information on the Alliance check out its web page as well as its Facebook and Instagram accounts. Or, if you prefer a more direct contact or for more general information about other events and educational opportunities happening through Alliance contact the head office at 262 Montague Road, West End by email at: or phone 3844 4460.
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Why? It's not every day you'll find France down beside the Brisbane River.
When: 5.00pm Friday, 6 July to 6.00pm Sunday, 8 July, 2018
Phone: 3844 4460
Where: Cultural Forecourt, QPAC, Southbanbk, Brisbane
Cost: Entry to La Festival is $5 per day; Children 12 and under are FREE
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