Friday Opening

Le Festival 2019 will be launched on Friday night, but this will not be just any opening. This year, French officials will kick off the night with a very special ceremony that will make this an opening night to remember! The festivities will then continue into the night with an entertainment line-up that is sure to have something for everyone to enjoy!

For the special part of this year’s opening night, at 5:30pm, the Official Opening will commence on the stage, with a Legion D’Honneur (Legion of Honour) presentation to the Honorable Consul Lady Jane Edwards. This will be followed by Anthems by Opera Queensland, speeches from French Consul Nicolas Croizier, the French Ambassador Christophe Penot, Lord Mayor Adrian Schrinner and some other important guests, and the La Belle Alliance re-enactment group fire demonstration.

After such a memorable opening, Can-Can dancers – a festival favourite – will kick and twirl their way onto the stage to delight the audience with their whimsy. At 6:15pm, Le Festival will welcome Sydney-based Ben Noir and his male cabaret act, which will be sure to tease and please. This will be followed by the Brisbane-based world-folk-jazz band Estampa at 7:30 pm. From 8:30pm, the night will conclude with a bang as DJ Orelee whisks guests away to France, bringing to the stage the music of Jeff Cortez, the official DJ of Le Queen club in Paris.

The entertainment program for Friday night is set to be a great one, and that is just the beginning. You wouldn’t want to miss this night full of glamour and style from France right here in Brisbane, would you?


  • 5:00 pm: Gates open to the public
  • 5:30 pm: Official Opening on stage
    - Legion of Honour to the Honorable Consul Lady Jane Edwards
    - Anthems by Opera Queensland
    - Speeches from the French Consul, the French ambassador, Lord Mayor of Brisbane and other important officials.
  • 6:00 pm: Cancan dancers
  • 6:15 pm: Ben Noir French Cabaret
  • 7:30 pm: Estampa band
  • 8:30 pm: DJ Orelee