Message from H.E. Mr. Pierre-André Imbert

Ambassador of France to Australia

As the new Ambassador of France to Australia, I am delighted to discover the Bastille Day French Festival, held on the weekend of the 13th and 14th of July at the Queen Victoria Market. Melbourne, renowned for its cultural dynamism, multiculturalism, and diversity, is an auspicious place to pay a vibrant homage to France’s National Day, as we come together to commemorate the values of liberty, equality and fraternity that lie at the heart of Bastille Day.

This festival promises a delightful escape into the heart and soul of France, especially in the days preceding the start of the Olympic Games in Paris. The 2024 edition of the Bastille Day French Festival holds a special significance as it coincides with the year of the reopening of the Consulate General of France in Melbourne, a historic milestone that reaffirms the enduring presence of France in Australia and underscores our shared commitment to our relations. 

Furthermore, I am delighted to announce the Bastille Day French Festival of Melbourne’s participation in the Goût de France / Taste France campaign, an initiative that celebrates the art of French gastronomy and promotes excellent and sustainable cuisine. This campaign exemplifies the deep-rooted cultural ties with Melbourne, the gastronomical capital of Australia.

Finally, I express my deepest gratitude to the volunteers whose unwavering dedication has made this festival possible. 

Vive la France ! Vive l’amitié franco-australienne ! Joyeuse Fête Nationale !

Message from the Hon Ingrid Stitt MP

Minister for Multicultural Affairs

I would like to extend my warmest wishes to Victoria’s French communities as they celebrate Bastille Day

On this occasion, we celebrate the spirit and resilience of the French people to achieve liberty, equality, and unity values that resonate deeply within us all

The Bastille Day French Festival returns once again to the historic Queen Victoria Market, and I encourage all Victorians to immerse themselves in French culture. Through the food, arts, and music at the festival you are guaranteed an enriching experience

Victoria is proud to be home to over 35,000 French people who continue to enrich our state’s social, cultural, and economic landscape. We thank our French communities for sharing their wonderful culture and traditions, and for their contributions to this vibrant festival

On behalf of the Victorian Government, I offer my sincere appreciation to the Consulate General of France for its dedication to ensuring that cultural events like Bastille Day are celebrated, and for fostering crosscultural understanding in our state

I would also like to thank Myriam BoisbouvierWylie for her role as Honorary Consul over the last 13 years, and look forward to the next chapter in our diplomatic relations with France

I wish for a successful event and a wonderful celebration

Bonne fête nationale to all

Message from the City of Melbourne

Cancan your way to the Queen Victoria Market this winter for all the delicacies and delights of the Bastille Day French Festival, proudly supported by the City of Melbourne.

From 14 to 15 July, Melbourne’s iconic market will be transformed into a traditional French marché featuring free music and entertainment and a variety of stalls offering everything from baked goods, fashion and second-hand books, through to a pop-up French supermarket.

Celebrating the enduring friendship between Melbourne and France, the festival promises an unforgettable experience for Francophiles and anyone eager to escape to France for the weekend. Thank you to the festival organisers, volunteers, sponsors, stall holders and entertainers for enriching
our city with the French joie de vivre and reinforcing Melbourne’s reputation as one of the most vibrant and multicultural cities in the world.

Bring your family and friends to celebrate the French National Day in the spirit of liberté, égalité, fraternité.