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Celebrate All Things French - Vive La France
Photo courtesy Le France facebook page


Celebrate French culture the Brisbane Way this July at the Le Festival at South Bank Cultural forecourt (in front of QPAC) from 5 - 7 July 2019.

Now in its ninth year, and held over 3 days, Le Festival is the peak of French celebration in Queensland which brings French culture to Brisbane with an authentic immersion experience and is the premier showcase of all things French.

Festival highlights include:
Ben Noir's French Cabaret show
Can-can girls to Polynesian dancers
Julia Paul and Tyssia singers from New Caledonia
Le Cordon Bleu cooking demonstration
Fashion show.

Add to this over 70 market stalls, including exhibitors Frencheese, and French Books of Wheels, savour gourmet food, fashion, travel packages, language courses, French groups and association. Voile! Times vary each day, so take note. You can visit Le France on Friday 5th July - 5pm to 10pm, Saturday 6th July - 9am to 11pm and Sunday 7th July - 9am to 6pm.

Do you want to volunteer at the Festival?
If you're passionate about photography, arts, culture, food, entertainment, children's activities, wine and champagne, or French culture, why not get involved by volunteering at the Festival. Check out the Festival website for details.

Photo courtesy Magnolia Box


What is the significance of Bastille Day?
The Festival coincides with Bastille Day on 14 July - a significant holiday in France. Why does it matter? You see, at dawn on July 14, a huge crowd of determined protestors, armed with muskets, swords, and various makeshift weapons began to gather around the Bastille fortress.

They converged to storm the Bastille building which was holding political prisoners, during the first moments of the French Revolution in Paris in 1789. After this, Launay raised a white flag of surrender over the fortress.

Brisbane's own Eiffel Tower at Milton

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Why? Celebrate the Best of France
When: Friday 5th July - 5pm to 10pm, Saturday 6th July - 9am to 11pm and Sunday 7th July - 9am to 6pm.
Where: Southbank Forecourt
Cost: Free
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