Les LUmieres & Masterclasses

Thursday 15 July

Caudalie, A Guided Online Wine Tasting

Join us for a guided wine tasting with French vigneron Maxime Chapoutier, eighth generation winemaker of renowned M. Chapoutier winery and Ben Portet, tenth generation winemaker from the fabulous Yarra Valley based Dominique Portet winery, in conversation with Melbourne’s own French chef Gabriel Gâté, and Jacqueline Dutton, French and Wine Studies Professor at the University of Melbourne.Each ticket holder will receive a box containing two bottles of wine (Zoom only tickets also available).

Thursday 15th July at 6:30 PM to 7:45 PM
Ticket Cost: Wine Box (Melbourne residents only)
Online Wine Talk: $55 + GST and booking fee Online Wine Talk only: $15 + GST and booking fee

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Friday 16 July

Les Lumières Blanc
A Revolution in Painting – The French Impressionists

Monet, Renoir, Degas, Cézanne – we all know their work but what is the story that lies behind the Impressionist movement?

As the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) welcomes its winter exhibition, French Impressionism, presenting more than 100 masterworks of French impressionism from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), Dr Ted Gott will discuss the role of key French painters who initiated an artistic revolution in the history of painting.

Join us for this enlightening, lively and engaging talk.

Friday 16 July
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
$10 + GST and booking fee

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

Key players from the energy and transportation sectors, at the forefront of the energy transition, will debate with financiers and government members on whether the historical relationship between GDP and environmental impact can be weakened and effectively severed. Can we deploy new technologies and shift the nature of our consumption and lifestyle while continuing to grow GDP, even in a wealthy country such as Australia?

Join us for this enlightening and informative talk sponsored by ANL.

Friday 16 July
4:30 PM – 6:00 PM
$15 (early bird) + GST and booking fee

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Saturday 17 July

Bouygues Art Frolic Walking Tour #1

We are thrilled to announce our Walking Tours!

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

If French is your native tongue, then this is for you! English will also be available.

Kicking off at Fed Square and incorporating a significant French artist’s public sculpture, the tour will include an artfully designed CBD site and a French touring animation show among other highlights before returning back to Fed Square for a final free exhibition and ending at Le Bar for a mulled wine – redeemable by showing your ticket!

You can either book Bouygues Art Frolic Walking Tour #1 (am) or Bouygues Art Frolic Walking Tour #2 (pm).

Hurry, tickets are strictly limited.

Kindly sponsored by Bouygues Construction.

Saturday 17 July
10:30 AM – 12:00 PM
$10 + GST and booking fee

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Les Lumières Rouge
The French Revolution and its relevance to today

What does an event that happened over 200 years ago, across the other side of the world, have to do with today?We have all heard the stories of ‘let them eat cake’ and heard our own versions of the storming of the Bastille, but what really happened and how has the revolution affected modern society?

A world authority on the French Revolution and nineteenth-century France, Prof Peter McPhee will explore how the Revolution is still relevant today.

Join us for this enlightening and fascinating talk supported by The University of Melbourne.

Saturday 17 July
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM
$10 + GST and booking fee

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Bouygues Art Frolic Walking Tour #2

We are thrilled to announce our Walking Tours!

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

If French is your native tongue, then this is for you! English will also be available.

Kicking off at Fed Square and incorporating a significant French artist’s public sculpture, the tour will include an artfully designed CBD site and a French touring animation show among other highlights before returning back to Fed Square for a final free exhibition and ending at Le Bar for a mulled wine – redeemable by showing your ticket!

You can either book Bouygues Art Frolic Walking Tour #1 (am) or Bouygues Art Frolic Walking Tour #2 (pm).

Hurry, tickets are strictly limited.

Kindly sponsored by Bouygues Construction.

Saturday 17 July
01:30 AM – 03
:00 PM
$10 + GST and booking fee

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Les Lumières Bleu
Demystifying the French cliché

“French men all wear berets. All French people listen to accordion music and eat gourmet meals. The French are good lovers. Everyone in France rides a bicycle with a baguette in their basket.”

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 what are the most common and what is their impact.

Join is for an enlightening, lively, fun and myth-busting discussion presented by the Alliance Francaise in collaboration with the Department of French at The University of Melbourne.

Saturday 17 July
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM
$10 + GST and booking fee

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

Want to know about Armagnacs? Fancy tasting them with matching cheeses? Then join us for Spirits Of France with Valerie Blayac.

Join Spirits Of France’s Valerie Blayac, who will take you 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.

Enjoy this unique opportunity to discover these selected French spirits and cheeses as well as having the chance of winning a bottle of 1999 Pouteou Armagnac worth $250.00. This is the perfect winter warmer for you and friends!

Saturday 17 July
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
$10 + GST and booking fee

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delicieux a french market lunch bastille day melbourne french festival

Delicieux! A French Market Lunch

Here’s the French Market Lunch you’ve been waiting for. Bastille Day French Festival is serving up Delicieux a French Market Lunch as part of our Festival! We invite you to join a bespoke tour of the best French market goods direct from our French Winter Market to you. Greeted with a glass of premier pinot cuvée by Champagne Phillippe Fourrier, you will then sample terrines, charcuterie, cheeses, cassoulet and finish with a selection of French sweet things! With our market vendors delivering their produce direct to the tables for you to eat, these will be complemented together with M.Chapoutier wines to your glass. You will dine on long banquet style tables in The Edge adjacent to the Atrium, then be able to buy from the market vendors themselves if you wish, afterwards.

Saturday 17 July
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM
$10 + GST and booking fee

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