History

The annual Bastille Day French Festival brings together the French-Australian community to celebrate the French National Day. Now in its sixth year, this vibrant and authentic festival of all things French brings a little slice of France to Melbourne’s winter. With a wide variety of Melbourne-based French businesses and associations who are passionate about French culture, food, history, literature and technology, this is a must-attend event for every French expat and passionate Francophones and Francophiles. 

“The Fête de la Fédération on 14 July 1790 was a celebration of the unity of the French nation during the French Revolution. The aim of this celebration, one year after the storming of the Bastille, was to symbolize peace…After the end of the official celebration, the day ended in a huge four-day popular feast, and people celebrated with fireworks, as well as fine wine and running nude through the streets in order to display their great freedom.”