Napoleon reached Australian shores in early June this year and has now almost completed his conquest, scheduled to leave on Sunday 7th October.
If you've not yet seen the exhibition Napoleon: Revolution To Empire, hurry along to the National Gallery of Victoria this week for a wonderful panoramic exhibition examining French art and cultural life during the epochs of Revolution and Enlightenment. The story follows the first French voyages of discovery to Australia during the reign of Louis XV to the end of Napoleon's distinguished leadership as first Emperor of France.
As part of the NGV's Wednesday 'art after dark' program, Napoleon can be visited until 9pm this coming Wednesday, 3rd October. But he will not be the only attraction this week. During his reign, Napoleon has attracted delicious high tea occasions and decadent French cuisines and wines, as well as free public live music.
This week, Napoleon and his followers will be serenaded by the Luke Moller Quartet, a group that champions the spectacular spirited styles of French music icons Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli with their mix of Gypsy music, traditional jazz and French standards.
The group is led by Luke Moller (violin) and features Loni Thomson (vocals), Alistair Mclean (guitar) and Sam Zerna (double bass). They have played previously alongside such artists as Deltra Goodrem, Missy Higgins, Kasey Chambers, Kutcha Edwards and James Morrison.
Starting at 6pm at the NGV, this is certainly a performance not be missed. À bientôt!