Frequently Asked Questions
When is the Festival?
Bastille Day French Festival will take place on 14 & 15 July 2018 from 10am - 5pm
Le Bal will take place on the 14th July from 6.30 - 10.30pm
How much does it cost to attend Bastille Day French Festival?
An entry costs $5.
How do I get to the Venue?
The Festival will take place at THE MEAT MARKET, 5 Blackwood Street - North Melbourne
The Bastille Day French Festival recommends getting to the Festival by YARRA TRAMS.
Route 19 - Alight at Haymarket (stop #9)
Routes 58 and 59 - Alight at Royal Melbourne Hospital (stop #14)
ACCESS BY TRAIN
Flagstaff Station - 15 minute walk
Melbourne Central Station - 15 minute walk
North Melbourne Station - 20 minute walk
ACCESS BY BUS
Bus 402 - Courtney/Wreckyn St stop
Bus 401 and 403 - Royal Melbourne Hospital stop
Where can I park?
Meat Market has no public parking available on site. The surrounding area has limited
permit, metered and timed on-street parking.
Secure Parking is offering a discounted $5 parking on Bastille Day weekend to the
Blackwood Street Car Park directly opposite the venue.
Open from 7am to 7.30pm, PREBOOK your parking now at 14-20 Blackwood Street, North
Melbourne. At the end of your booking process, enter promo code: BASTILLEDAY. Parking
must be booked online and paid for at least 30 mins BEFORE arriving at the car park. Limited availability so book early to avoid disappointment!
Do I need to purchase a ticket?
You have two options: to purchase a ticket online while booking an event within the Festival
(masterclass, cinema or talks) and benefit from a priority entry queue, or to buy a ticket
directly on the day of the Festival.
For more information, please refer to the question ‘Is there a way to beat the queue?’.
Is there a way to beat the queue?
We are working on ways to limit the queue time this year.
To purchase an entry ticket, you will need to book in for one of our masterclasses, cinema or
talks. We have created a priority entry queue for people who book any of these from our
huge varied program.
All talks and movies cost only $5 each and you can pay for your $5 entry on top of this and
jump the queue (so $10 in total - and you get to one of our fabulous talks and movies!):
Or check out our amazing Masterclasses here:
To take advantage of the priority entry queue you MUST book a masterclass, movie or talk
online in advance AND pay for an entry fee and turn up 30 minutes before your event time.
Is there an official program guide?
Yes, please find more about Bastille Day French Festival surprises here.
What’s on at ‘Le Bal’?
Under the arches of the Meat Market’s atmospheric rooms, ‘Le Bal’ invites you to party like
a Parisian. We have gathered an eclectic mix of great French bands and DJs playing the best
of Electro Swing and Vintage Remix from 6:30 to 10:00pm:
SMOKEY JOE &THE KID FEAT YOSHI
In an Australian premiere we are thrilled to introduce this incredible band. Hailing from
Bordeaux and known for their stirring live presence at music festivals across the globe, they
will have the joint jumping with their unique blend of hip-hop and electro with the smooth
grooves and melodies of early 20th Century Swing.
DJ and music producer from New Caledonia. Among the pioneers on the European Electro
Swing scene, he has played and organized parties in the best clubs and festivals in the world
and we are now bringing him to YOU!
MC - FANNY BOUFFANTE
We will also have the pleasure to welcome Fanny Bouffante, fresh from a sell-out season at
the 2018 Melbourne Comedy Festival.
With a selection of delicious French food and wine on offer it promises to be a night to remember
Tickets are $30; please book here.
Is there a dress code for ‘Le Bal’?
No, just a big smile on your face. Plus dancing shoes, you will thank us later.
Can I get involved in the Festival as a volunteer?
Yes! Without volunteers, the Festival would not be such a vibrant success.
By joining our team, you will help us with the running of our 2-day event and many more
missions. The experience is offering a variety of roles as well as the opportunity of becoming
a contributing member of the Festival team.
Availability throughout the duration of the Festival, commitment and "joie de vivre" will be
required from the volunteers.
For more information, please contact Mathilde Lebon :
Is your venue accessible for people with limited mobility?
Can children attend the event?
Yes, and we planned plenty of activities to entertain them, from colouring, French
storytelling to a Mini Monet Art Prize! Find out more here.
Do I need to bring an ID?
Yes, you could possibly be asked your ID, especially if you are purchasing alcohol or have
booked an activity within the Festival.
Can I pay by card or get some cash at the event?
Yes, the festival will provide an ATM and EFTPOS
Is there a cloakroom?
Unfortunately, there is no cloakroom at the event.
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