Bastille Day Festival 2021 will celebrate Bastille Day in Melbourne this weekend

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Head to Bastille Day Festival 2021 to celebrate France and the French national day at Federation Square in Melbourne this weekend.

Bastille Day Festival 2021

What you’ll find at Bastille Festival 2021?

  • French stalls selling mulled wine, crêpe, croissants, pastries, cheese and champagne just to name a few
  • ‘The Knot’ by French artist Cyril Lancelin at Fed Square
  • Live roaming entertainment including live music and performances
  • French Can Can performance on the Fed Square screen on Friday 16 July at 8pm
  • A series of online and screened digital content and films including the made-in Melbourne short documentary, Home Shift Home.

Bastille Day Festival 2021

  • A series of Les Lumières Talks: Bleu, Blanc, Rouge and Vert discussing history, art, culture and sustainability
  • The finest produce at Délicieux! A French Market Lunch or French Spirits & Cheese Masterclass.
  • A live French Trivia session.
  • Bouygues Art Frolic Walking Tour to discover the hidden elements of France in the streets of Melbourne; and
  • eMotion, an international travelling art exhibition, at Melbourne Town Hall, celebrating new technologies, the work of four young international photographers, and cultural sites throughout France.

Bastille Day Festival 2021





Les Lumières Blanc – A Revolution in Painting – The French Impressionists

Dr Ted Gott will discuss the role of the key painters who initiated an artistic revolution in the history of painting with impressionism.

$10 + GST + booking fee


Les Lumières Vert: Can we achieve net zero carbon emission without decline?

A panel talk which will debate whether the historical relationship between GDP and environmental impact can be weakened and effectively severed.

$15 + GST + booking fee



Bouygues Art Frolic Walking Tours



Head off for walking tour with a French speaking guide around French cultural works and locations in Melbourne ending with mulled wine!

$20 + GST and booking fee


Délicieux! A French Market Lunch

A bespoke tour of the French market goods while sipping on a glass of pinot cuvée by Champagne Philippe Fourrier followed by a long banquet table lunch.

$120 + GST and booking fee


Les Lumières Rouge: The French Revolution and its relevance to today

A world authority on the French Revolution and nineteenth-century France, Prof Peter McPhee will explore how the Revolution is still relevant today. What really happened and how has the revolution affected modern society?

Bastille Day Festival 2021

Les Lumières Bleu: Demystifying the French cliché

Three French expats, Véronique Duché (Professor of French, University of Melbourne), Anne-Sophie Pink (Head Education AFM) and Cécile Plaa (Coordinator Education AFM), and an Anthropologist, Tom McNamara (LaTrobe University), will explore the most common French clichés and their impact.

$10 + GST and booking fee


The Art Embroidery Revolution with French couturier, Delphine Genin

French-Australian couture designer Delphine Genin, who trained in Paris at the exclusive, CHANEL-owned Ecole Lesage, will be hosting a virtual event to share the story behind the label and reveal her thinking process when designing new pieces.

$40 + GST and booking fee


French Trivia

2 x 20 minute rounds of French trivia with prizes from French Beauty Co, BIODERMA, Franck-Provost, DELSEY and more.

$20 + GST and booking fee


French Spirits and Cheese – A Tasting Masterclass by Spirits of France

Join Spirits of France’s Valerie Blayac on a delicious tour of French spirits and aperitifs paired with delicious cheeses. You will enjoy 6 Drinks from Armagnac, Cognac, Calvados, and their Mistelles.

$85 + GST and booking fee


You can also join in the festivities at home.

THURSDAY 15 JULY: Caudalie. A Guided Online Wine Tasting you can enjoy from the comfort of your own home.

  • Gabriel Gâté as MC with panellists:
  • Maxime Chapoutier from Maison M. Chapoutier
  • Ben Portet from Dominique Portet Winery
  • Jacqueline Dutton, University of Melbourne

$18.41 to $64.61 (price varies depending on if you choose the wine box or not)


WHAT: Bastille Day Festival 2021

WHEN: Friday 16 July 10am – 10pm & Saturday 17 July 10am – 6pm

WHERE: The Atrium and Plaza at Federation Square, Melbourne

HOW: No tickets required to attend the festival generally.
Purchase tickets to the masterclasses via the links in this article

HOW MUCH: Free entry to Bastille Day Festival but masterclasses and events cost extra



For more about Bastille Day 2021, take a look at these articles:

Drinks for Bastille Day 2021

Where to celebrate Bastille Day 2021 in Australia this month


For other events happening in July, check out what’s on in July?


If you’re heading to Fed Square, you may also like to check out these exhibitions currently on at the NGV:

She-oak and sunlight: Australian impressionism exhibition at the NGV til August

Camille Henrot: is Today Tomorrow is currently showing at NGV

French Impressionism: From the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston opens in Melbourne



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One thought on “Bastille Day Festival 2021 will celebrate Bastille Day in Melbourne this weekend

  1. Serge Acker 16 July 2021 / 10:50 am

    Hi Team ,

    Just checking ,I guess it won’t happen this weekend ,What a shame was looking so much to attend tonight .

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