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Published July 1st 2014
Vive la France
The 14th of July is Bastille Day, the French national day which commemorates the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789 and the beginning of the French Revolution.
There's some fabulous French and French-inspired entertainment, food and events in Melbourne on this special day and in the lead up to the day. Here's a taste of what's on offer.
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Eat, Drink and be Merry
The French-Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry is holding a Bastille Day Apéritif with food, drink and music in the magnificent surrounds of the Queen's Hall at the State Library. To be held on Monday 14 July, from 6:30-9:30pm, cost: FACCI Members: $110, Non-members: $130. For more information click here.
Bastille Day at Mr Mason features a French banquet with delicacies including escargot, beef bourguigon, bouillabaisse and chocolate soufflé as well as French wines. To be held on Saturday 12 July, 6.30pm – 10.30pm, cost $120, bookings essential. Phone: (03) 9614 4500 or see the website.
Licensed Fromagerie in St Kilda will be featuring live French music, French wine, cider and cheeseboards and a festive French atmosphere on Bastille Weekend from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 July, 2014. Tickets are not necessary. There's also a special Bastille Day Event on Monday 14 July, with cheese and wine tasting, supper and live music. Tickets are $58, see here for information on these events and bookings.
On Thursday 10th July European Women in Business are hosting an event at The Kino Cinemas featuring a biopic of Yves Saint Laurent, guest speaker, a glass of sparking on arrival, canapés, pampering with Swiss products and more. See here for full details.
Prahran Market celebrates Bastille Day on July 12 with fun, activities and food.
For theatre fans, the highly acclaimed Les Miserables is currently showing at Her Majesty's Theatre.
Enjoy the works of Australian artists who lived in France in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries at the Australian Impressionists in France exhibition at the Ian Potter Centre, NGV at Federation Square running until 6th October.
The Association Des Anciens Combattants Francais De Victoria holds a commemorative service in honour of the service of French and Australian soldiers each year on Bastille Day. For more information see here.
French aviator Maurice Guillaux made the very first air mail flight in Australia between Melbourne and Sydney from July 16 though to July 18,1914. To celebrate the centenary there will be a re-enactment of his flight from July 12 - 14 starting in Essendon in Victoria and finishing in Sydney. For more information on the centenary and the re-enactment flight click here.