Celebrate Bastille Day 2014 !

Published on July 02, 2014
Celebrate Bastille Day 2014 ! sydney au

Bastille Day is the name given in English speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on 14 July each year. In France, it is formally called La Fête Nationale (The National Celebration) and commonly Le quatorze juillet (the fourteenth of July).
The French National Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille on the 14 July 1789. This was the start of the French Revolution. The prison, despite only holding seven prisoners at the time of its capture, was a symbol of the absolute power of King Louis XV1. By capturing the prison, the people signalled that the monarchy’s reign and their oppression was over..

Celebrations are held all over France. The oldest and largest regular military parade in Europe is held on the morning of 14 July, on the Champs-Élysées avenue.


But, don't worry! If you are not in France on Bastille Day, Australia holds some special celebrations too. Here is an overview of what Bastille Day has to offer...

In Sydney

During the day, enjoy a typical French festival: food, live music, and even an open air cinema with the Bleu Blanc Rouge Festival!  Wander around Circular Quay and the Customs House to have a taste of frenchness. For more information: http://bbrfestival.com.au/

If you have kids, keep them entertained with a special class on Sunday the 13th at The School. From learning French to croissants lessons, your little ones won't be bored. For more information: http://www.theschool.com.au/collections/french/products/bastille-day-sydney#.U7NfkZSSyGN

The brasserie Ananas offers a wide range of activities during a week. A long-lasting party that's not to miss! For the detailed program, visit: http://www.ananas.com.au/whats-on

At night, enjoy the milestone party organized by the Alliance Francaise together with the organisations in the French Australian community at The Argyle. Last year, more than 2,000 people attented the party. Don't miss the French Cancan, DJ's, Ricard pop-up bar, Soccer tables and much more. For more information: http://www.bastilledaysydney.com.au/
...Or go to the Slide Cabaret in Darlinghurst for the closing party of the Bleu Blanc Rouge festival. Olala ! For more information: http://bbrfestival.com.au/2014/closing-party-at-slide-cabaret/ 

In Melbourne

The brasseries start wearing blue white and red in Melbourne! 
At least 6 restaurants will offer a special menu for Bastille Day:

The French Australian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (FACCI) will host a Bastille Day apéritif paying a tribute to Les Misérables, the famous novel written by Victor Hugo. For more information: http://www.facci.com.au/events/calendar/vue-detail/d/2014-bastille-day-aperitif/

In Perth 

Join the French cocktail party organized by the Alliance Francaise at 'Chez Pierre' Restaurant. Enjoy special entertainments in a typical French café atmosphere! For more information: http://www.afperth.com.au/cultural-centre/bastille-day-cocktail-party/