So Frenchy So Chic 2024: bolder, brighter, and even better

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Calling all lovers of French culture, music, gastronomy, and style: tickets are now on sale for the So Frenchy So Chic 2024, which promises to be its biggest and most vibrant program to date.

So Frenchy So Chic 2024

For over a decade, SFSC (as it’s affectionately known) has been connecting France and Australia through an annual day-long celebration of the joie de vie, featuring contemporary French music, culinary delights, fashion, conviviality, and, of course, plenty of champagne. For everything you need to know about this must-attend event, read on.

So Frenchy So Chic 2024: a celebration of French culture

So Frenchy So Chic is more than just a music festival; it’s a full immersion into the French way of life. In 2024, the festival returns to the historic Werribee Park Mansion in Melbourne, and welcomes a new venue at Centennial Park, Sydney where the party continues. It’s a chance to be your chicest self in a relaxed and convivial setting suitable for all ages (kids under 12 get in for free!) Here, you can immerse yourself in the best of French culture without the need for a plane ticket.


So Frenchy So Chic 2024’s stellar lineup

The beating heart of So Frenchy So Chic 2024 lies in its extraordinary lineup of artists, a diverse ensemble poised to offer a captivating musical experience that will resonate with every festival-goer. These are the artists announced today:

  • La Femme: Captivating French psych-rock sensation, La Femme has spent over a decade mesmerizing global audiences with their cinematic soundscapes. Under the creative leadership of Marlon Magnée and Sacha Got, they’ve amassed numerous gold records, including the French equivalent of a Grammy for their 2013 debut album, “Psycho Tropical Berlin“.
    So Frenchy So Chic 2024 - La Femme
    Having embarked on extensive tours, including sharing the stage with the Red Hot Chili Peppers in 2016, they are currently concluding a nearly sold-out tour spanning more than 140 dates across 25 countries. At SFSC 2024, they will present a “best of” repertoire guaranteed to leave the audience in awe.
  • Kill The Pain: Combining the formidable talents of two remarkable chanteuses, Kill The Pain is the dynamic duo of Australian singer-songwriter Phoebe Killdeer and French vocalist Mélanie Pain, known for her work with Nouvelle Vague.
    So Frenchy So Chic 2024
    Their 2023 self-titled debut album is a thrilling showcase of their diverse abilities, encompassing indie rock with swagger, jangly psych-pop, and soulful electropop with a steely edge. With infectious guitar riffs and seductive percussion, Killdeer and Pain’s smoky voices and delightful chemistry promise to set the stage ablaze with their sonic brilliance.
  • Laure Briard: Enigmatic Gallic singer-songwriter, Laure Briard has recently released her most optimistic album. Entitled “Ne pas trop rester bleue“, it was inspired by her sojourns in California’s Joshua Tree. Her interpretation of country music is gentle, idiosyncratic, and romantic, infused with touches of psychedelia and soul.

    Drawing comparisons to iconic artists such as Françoise Hardy, Cate Le Bon, and Aldous Harding, Briard’s music offers a sun-soaked, dreamy soundscape, invoking a sense of wanderlust and nostalgia. You may remember her song “Sur la piste de danse” from the 2017 SFSC compilation.
  • Malo’: Born to a French musician father, the effervescent singer-songwriter Malo’ brings a vibrant blend of influences to the SFSC stage. A fan of French legends like Serge Gainsbourg, he visited Australia as a teenager and fell in love with Australian indie sensation Angus and Julia Stone. Malo’ embodies a harmonious fusion of musical worlds. A full-circle moment occurred when Julia Stone featured on Malo’s “Pause” EP last year, which showcases elements of gospel, Motown, rock, soul, and pop.

    His recent track, “Laisse-toi tranquille“, enjoyed significant airplay on French radio, and his sunny energy promises to be a delightful addition to SFSC 2024.


The 2024 lineup promises to be the festival’s biggest yet with more exciting artist announcements in the pipeline for 1 December.


Gastronomic Delights at So Frenchy So Chic 2024

Prepare your taste buds for a gastronomic journey like no other. So Frenchy So Chic 2024 will feature Melbourne and Sydney’s finest dining establishments, including Frédéric, Hotel Gitan, Loulou, and Bouillon Entrecôte.

So Frenchy So Chic 2024

Indulge in a curated selection of French classics, from duck liver parfait to oysters and mussels, from steak frites sandwiches and croque monsieur to ratatouille. For the sweet tooths, choose from brioches, crepes, chocolate eclairs, and macarons. As always, you can pre-order cheese and charcuterie platters.


Don’t forget to pair your culinary adventure with a sommelier-curated collection of French and local wines, cocktails, and Champagne from Lanson, one of France’s oldest champagne houses.


Activities & workshops at So Frenchy So Chic 2024

So Frenchy So Chic 2024 sees the addition of new activities and workshops au programme for all attendees to enjoy. Explore the world of wines with Melbourne icon France-Soir’s ex-sommelier, discover the art of ceramics in a hands-on studio experience, or compete in a grand pétanque tournament with fantastique prizes. For les petits, there will be arts and crafts, face painting, magic and mime classes, and an introduction to music.

So Frenchy So Chic 2024

Even better, all of these workshops and activities are included in your general admission ticket. Plus, there are more surprises to be announced on 1 December 2023.


Celebrate fashion & style at So Frenchy So Chic 2024

So Frenchy So Chic isn’t just about music and food; it’s also about style. Embrace Parisian elegance and sophistication with your outfit, and you might just catch the eye of the roaming festival photographer. The top three best-dressed individuals will each win a Lanson Black Label Champagne Brut Magnum 1.5L!

So Frenchy So Chic 2024

Don’t miss your chance to experience the magic of France right without leaving Australia. So Frenchy So Chic 2024 promises an unforgettable day filled with music, food, fashion, and culture that will transport you to the enchanting streets of France. Grab your tickets, put on your chicest outfit, and get ready for a day of joie de vivre!



WHAT: A celebration of French music, food and culture


Melbourne: Sunday, January 14, 2024, 11:15 AM to 8:00 PM at Werribee Park Mansion

Sydney: Saturday, January 20, 2024, 1:00 PM to 9:30 PM at Centennial Park

HOW: Purchase your tickets via the SFSC website

HOW MUCH: Ticket prices (exclusive of booking fee) are as follows:

  • Limited Early Bird Tickets: $75
  • Group Ticket (Buy 6 for the Price of 5): $62.50 per person
  • Kid’s Tickets: Free entry for kids under 12 years
  • Student Tickets: $65
  • Teenager Tickets: $25
  • Premiere Pique Nique – Group Tickets for 10: $199 per person (includes a table with picnic décor, champagne, charcuterie and cheese hampers, and prime location)



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Bastille Festival 2023: the biggest celebration of French culture in the Asia Pacific takes over Circular Quay and The Rocks from today

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Bastille Festival 2023 returns to Sydney’s Circular Quay and the Rocks today for four days of French food, wine, art and revolution. Bastille Day 2023 is the 10th anniversary of the French festival and they’re getting bigger and better this time taking over The Rocks, The Overseas Passenger Terminal, East Circular Quay, Customs House, Quay Quarter Lanes and more.

Bastille Festival 2023

Bastille Festival 2023 will transport you to a French wonderland of delectable food, exquisite wine, and captivating art. Not just a commemoration of France’s national holiday; Bastille Festival 2023 is a remarkable opportunity to immerse oneself in France’s rich culture and history. With five distinct villages to explore, each with its own unique festivities, you can choose a different village to visit throughout the festival.


A culinary voyage throughout France without leaving the city

You can delight your tastebuds with an indulgent range of classic French dishes at Bastille Festival 2023. Expect to savour the likes of escargot, sweet and savoury crepes, raclette, fondue, choucroute, flammkuchen, lobster rolls, moule mariniere (Mussels in white wine), scallops mornay, the best baguettes, stinky cheese, traditional French cakes, and much more.

Bastille Festival 2023 raclette igloo

Bastille Festival 2023 will also feature collaborations with Sydney’s most avant-garde chefs and food artists, who will bring their unique French fusion creations to the festival. Think Camembert Arancini, Creamy Mushroom Gnocchi, French Paella, and Churros with French jams.


Raclette igloo experience  – $99 per person for your own private igloo to seat 6 or 8 people

Book your own private igloo with your family and friends (from 6 to 8 people), let your love for cheese fill your stomach and warm your heart.


The table is set beautifully and ready for your party. The Raclette cheese is sliced, the charcuterie & pickles are on a board, potatoes are in the bain-marie, the mulled wine is in the urn & the Raclette grill (to melt your cheese) in on the table and warm. You are all set for an incredible foody & cheese experience.

Don’t forget to leave a little bit of room for a delicious Belgian thick hot chocolate topped with a giant roasted marshmallow – the perfect cozy dessert. 


Your igloo experience gets you:

  • 1.8kg of raclette cheese, 1kg of charcuterie, potatoes, pickles;
  • one glass of Warmed Mulled Wine per person; and
  • one hot chocolate per person with a roasted marshmallow on top


Pop-up Champagne, Oyster & Fresh Prawn Bar,

Located on East Circular Quay Village, with stunning views of the Sydney Harbour Bridge, enjoy champagne, delectable oysters, fresh prawns, and a vibrant Jazz Club Stage, treat yourself with la crème de la crème!

Bastille Festival 2023


The only passport you’ll need is your wine passport

Engage on a wine tour through France’s wine regions and get stamps in your wine passport at Bastille Festival 2023. You can stroll through the 1.4km wine tasting trail at the Bastille Festival 2023 with your passport and wine glass and sample wines from Bordeaux to Provence and the Loire to Burgundy.  Choose between 4 or 8 tastings (all are half pours) for $36 or $59 per person. You will also get a keepsake bastille Festival wineglass.

Bastille Festival 2023

Wines are of course also available for purchase.


Mulled wine chalets

Just what you need to warm up as the temperature drops is a glass of mulled wine with cinnamon, star anise and cloves.


Craft beers

Visit French breweries without the air ticket and taste a variety of local craft beers on the Bastille Festival 2023 Craft Beer Bar menu.


Wine masterclasses

45 minutes hosted by wine experts sharing insights on the region and tastings of 3 exclusive wines from the regions

Bordeaux -Friday 5pm

Provence – Saturday 4pm

Burgundy & Beaujolais Saturday 6pm and Sunday 2pm


Free coffee!

Need some extra fuel to keep you going? L’Or one of Bastille Festival 2023’s sponsors has a pop up L’Or Parisian Café. You can get a free coffee and enter a competition for the chance to win a trip to Paris.

Be entertained

Entertainment abounds across several stages at Bastille Festival 2023. There truly is something for all tastes with live music, DJs, dance, circus and street performances, live drawing and fire artists.


Le Mulled wine cinema – ticketed

Watch classic French films in the comfort of deck chairs and cosy blankets. This is a ticketed event. To see the program and purchase your tickets, click here

Bastille Day 2023


Art market

12 talented artists will gather to showcase and sell their captivating creations at Bastille Festival 2023’s Art market. You’ll find a diverse array of art, from stunning paintings and sculptures to intricate ceramics and captivating photography.


Stroll through the bustling market, engage with the artists, and learn about the inspiration behind their works. From contemporary and abstract art to traditional and experimental forms, there is something to enthral every art enthusiast.


Bastille Festival 2023 in numbers 4 kilometre wine tasting trail four days, five villages, eight wine regions, 10 years of the Bastille Festival, 10 films 11 film screenings 12 artists at the Art Market 30 recipes created exclusively, 70 pop-up restaurants and terraces, 10 tons of cheese, 80 artists 100 vendors; and 10,000 litres of wine.


Vive la révolution!



WHAT: Bastille Festival 2023

WHERE: Circular Quay and The Rocks

WHEN: Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 July

  • Thursday 12pm – 10pm
  • Friday 10am – 11pm
  • Saturday: 10am – 11pm.
  • Sunday 10am – 8pm
  • Low Sensory Hours: 10am to Midday each day of Bastille Festival 2023

HOW: Just go. Unless you want to go to a ticketed event in which case you can purchase tickets via the links above.

HOW MUCH: Entry is free!


For other events with links to French and Francophone culture happening in Australia this month, check out our What’s on in July

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