Free things to do at the Adelaide French Festival this weekend

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The inaugural Adelaide French Festival is on this weekend from Friday 12 to Sunday 14 January. We wrote about the full program a few months ago when it was launched but below we have compiled a list of free things to do at the Adelaide French Festival.


At 8am on Saturday morning a free Hatha yoga class instructed in French will balance you before a day full of french festivities. You need to pre-register.



French Photographer, Michael Setboun, will show his first ever Australian exhibition, “Paris Dark Light”. It is like a love song to Paris. Entry is free and it is on from 12 to 14 January in the Dunstan Playhouse foyer.


Also in the Dunstan Playhouse foyer will be an exhibition by Paul Vasileff of South Australian brand, Paolo Sebastian. In ”Paolo Sebastian : A Journey to Paris”, we will see photos taken of his dresses while he was exhibiting in Paris (the first South Australian designer to do so!) but also of his take on Paris with photos of the beautiful Parisian architecture.


French sounds will be courtesy of Louise Blackwell & The French Set, the group La Mauvaise Reputation, DJ WiPod, DJ Guillaume Vetu, Coconut Kids and Bamboozled. There will also be a market of products from local South Australian makers. The Riverdeck will be transformed into a French village during the Adelaide French Festival.



There will be free Make your own Flower Crown workshops to make your own festival “it” headpiece.

Or do you want your hair done like the French? On Saturday and Sunday from 4 to 8:30pm in the Dunstan Playhouse foyer, you will be able to have your hair done by Creative Hair Sculptures from Orbe Hair and Le Barber.

Want your hair done French style at the Festival?

Box Wars features cardboard armoury and fake battles. Great fun for kids and adults alike. It has been to many festivals around Australia, including WOMADelaide a few years ago and was a great success.

The Teensy Top would have to be the world’s smallest circus tent with only 3 audience members able to enter at once. Inside, short and sharp shows take place.

Little Picasso, which gives art classes to children throughout the year will have Little Picasso Art Workshops.



On both Saturday and Sunday of the festival, Carrick Hill, about a 15 minute drive from Adelaide’s city centre, will also celebrate the Adelaide French Festival on its grounds. There will be many free or low-cost activities such as pétanque, language and art classes, classic cars to see and French food to eat. Festival entry to the grounds is free but if you want to visit the house at Carrick Hill you can do so for $17.


How about you? Which free things are you planning to do at the Adelaide French Festival? And any paid shows?

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