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Fri 21st - Sun 23rd July 2023
Victoria Park-Barrambin

Le FEstival 2023 • 10th edition •

WHAT'S ON FOR LE FESTIVAL 2023?

Join us at Victoria Park/Barrambin on July 21st – 23rd ! We invite you for a ‘magnifique’ experience ‘a la française’: stroll through a specially selected array of French or French-inspired exhibitors and artisans at our French Market and Artists’/Artisans’ tent, enjoy a diverse group of artists performing on the Main Stage, stop by our French bar for a glass of Champagne, or head over to our Boutique de Maurice for some souvenirs of your weekend with Le Festival, and a chance to win some exciting prizes in our raffle (or two)!

Event details

What:  Le Festival 2023 
Who: Everyone
When: Friday 21st July (5pm-9pm), Saturday 22nd July (8am-9pm) and Sunday 23rd July (8am-5pm).
Where: Victoria Park/Barrambin (find your route).
What to expect:
French Market with array of specially selected French or French-inspired stalls, artists and artisans, a French bar, a raffle, entertainment on our (mini) main stage and roving entertainers, Le Festival merchandise, a kids’ corner, and… just wait and see!
Tickets: $12 Earlybird + Concession, $15 at the gate, under 12 FREE

la scène - Live and roving entertainment ​

Le Festival - Brisbane French Festival

Friday 21st July - Afternoon

Friday is our Opening Night! Stroll through and take in the sights as we kick off with a lounge theme DJ set before the Opening Ceremony, then into French Cabaret and Burlesque, with French Jazz in between, and round it up with more DJ tunes.

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Saturday 22nd July - Morning

On Saturday morning, we will start with a light DJ set, followed by French choral entertainment, and then pick up the pace with French swing jazz. French CanCan will liven up the stage at lunchtime.

Le Festival - Brisbane French Festival

Saturday 22 July - afternoon

The afternoon program will start with French chanson, after which we’ll go to Polynesia for some traditional dances. Brief stop there for a French car display, before we go Moulin Rouge style with Cabaret to take us into the evening. 

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Saturday 22 July - evening

More Cabaret will start the night with a hit! You’ll then be able to enjoy your French favourites before another round of Cabaret (because twice is not enough), segueing into a Burlesque show, then wind down with French folk jazz before we finish with another DJ set. 

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Sunday 23 July - morning

Day 3 – it’s been a busy weekend so far, so enjoy your morning croissant as we start once again with a DJ set, and some French chanson, before we brighten it up with CanCan dancing before lunch.

 

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Sunday 23 July - afternoon

Enjoy your glass of Champagne as we keep going strong with another round of CanCan to light up the stage, followed by French Cabaret, swing jazz, chanson, and more Cabaret… until we wrap it up with the exciting raffle draw, and more French recorded melodies.

le festival 2023 overview

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le bar - french bar

Our French celebration is never without a glass of Champagne or other French beverage to say “tchintchin”! 

Our French bar will offer you a selection of French:

  • Champagne Laurenti NV
  • Sparkling – Veuve Ambal Rosé
  • Kir Royal
  • Red wines: Lussac St Emilion or Pinot Noir
  • White wines: Pinot Gris or Kir
  • Rosé de Provence 
  • Frenchies Beer 
  • Ricard Aperitif 
  • Beer, Orangina, Oasis, Perrier, Evian
  • … And we’ll also have some ‘vin chaud’ (mulled wine) to warm you up! 

Make sure you stop by the bar so we can say “bonjour”!

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coin des enfants - Children's corner

On Saturday and Sunday, Le Festival’s “Coin d’Enfants” will keep our youngest Francophiles and Francophones entertained all day long!

Saturday 22nd July
10am – 3pm Queensland Fencing Association Inc.
10am – Demonstration by Eastside Boxing Club
10.30 Art workshop – French inspired colours hanging mobile with Chez Beauvardia – registration required
11am – Demonstration by Sports Karate Australia
11am – Demonstration from Parkour Factory by Aapes

Sunday 23rd July
9.15am Art workshop – French inspired hanging mobile
10am – Demonstration by Eastside Boxing Club
10.30 Art workshop – French inspired colours hanging mobile – registration required
11 am – Demonstration by Karate Club Australia
11.30am – French Class by Les Petits Princes
12.30pm – French Class by Les Petits Princes

Mini Olympic Games on Sunday between 1.00pm and 3.30pm – Les Mini Olympiades
Olympic Mascot – Maurice
Paris Baton

Arrival – Allocate into teams and organise crafts while all children arrive. Opening Ceremony (5 minutes) and The Games Begin
1. 1.00 pm – Fencing L’escrime
2. 1.30 pm – Karate Club Australia
3. 2pm – Demonstration by Eastside Boxing Club
2.30 pm onwards
4. Course d’obstacles – Obstacle race
5. Course de relais aquatique – Water and spoon race
6. Le saut en longueur – Long jump
7. Tugs of war – Tir à la corde
8. Sack races – Sac jute
9. Stilt slalom – Le slalom en echasses
10. The shot put – Le lancer de poids
11. Jeu de lancer de chaussettes

Medals and Closing Ceremony (15 minutes)
Prizes: gifts for the kids

Both days all day: 
Ongoing craft activities
Photo booth for kids
Paris Olympics colouring wall available all day – Fresque olympique à colorier

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les artistes - featured artists & artisans

Our French Market will also have a dedicated artists’ area to showcase creativity ‘a la française’ at its best. 

All of these will also be local, as well as interstate, French and French-inspired creators and artisans. At Le Festival, we very much support local businesses, so we are giving their talent a chance to shine. 

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Les Auteurs - French Authors

Meet four acclaimed French authors – Olivier Vojetta, Céline de Roany, Leslie Heliade, Isabelle Cornet – at Le Festival on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd July!

SATURDAY 
8:00 – 11:00 am – Céline, Olivier 
11:00 am – 12:30 pm –  Céline, Olivier 
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Céline, Olivier
2:00 – 4:00 pm – Isabelle, Leslie 
4:00 – 5:00 pm – Isabelle, Leslie
4:00 – 9:00 pm – Isabelle, Leslie 

SUNDAY
8:00 – 11:00 am – Isabelle, Olivier 
11:00 am – 12:30 pm – Isabelle, Olivier 
12:00 – 2:00 pm – Isabelle, Olivier
2:00 – 4:00 pm – Céline, Leslie 
4:00 – 5:00 pm – Céline Leslie 

Hear them speak about their most known works, many of which have been finalists in prestigious awards, and their literary journey.

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La fresque du Climat - Climate Fresk

Get ready to meet like-minded people passionate about sustainability and climate education. 

Climate Fresk Australia will facilitate a series of workshops designed to make you think about climate change, its causes and effects, and simple yet effective actions and meaningful solutions. 

Running on Saturday and Sunday during the day. 

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Of course we have to give back to our ‘fabuleux’ followers; no Le Festival event would come and go without a raffle – or maybe two!

Thanks to our wonderful sponsors and partners, we have some amazing prizes ‘a gagner’! Perhaps a trip, or a special experience ‘a la française’, or… well, click below to find out! 

You will also be able to purchase tickets at La Boutique de Maurice!

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LA BOUTIQUE DE MAURICE - MERCHANDISE

Had a wonderful time? Visit us to get a souvenir of your weekend with Le Festival to take away with you!

Get an Official Le Festival t-shirt – new and vintage,  an iconic Le Festival red scarf, one of our very own Le Festival glass water bottles, our Le Festival “Save the Planet” jute shopping bags, classique and prestige berets, small to large size decorative Eiffel Towers, traditional French espadrilles, French posters and postcards, keyrings… and much more! 

If that’s not enough, this year we will also have some traditional French Saint James marinières (striped shirts), tea towels, and net bags from Le Comptoir Français, plus a range of French children’s toys from S’il Te Plaît! 

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PHOTOS

There will be plenty of photo opportunities at Le Festival! A Marie Antoinette set-up, a Parisian backdrop… and others!

Don’t forget to tag us in your photos when you post! @lefestivalbne @BrisbaneFrenchFestival 

#lefestivalbne #LeFestival2023 

Getting There

  • 'Green Travel': Cycling, eScooters, and Walking

    Victoria Park/Barrambin has several pedestrian and cycling paths from the northside and the city. The park is accessible by a range of on- and off-road bikeways and shared pathways. Bike parking is available in various locations throughout the park.
    Plan your journey to and from the venue using the Cycling Brisbane bikeway map

  • Public Transport

    The Herston Bus Station is a short 630m / 8 min walk to the event site. The Herston Bus Station is on the Northern Busway which connects Victoria Park from the City to Chermside.

    Visit the Translink website to find your route. 

  • Driving (and Parking)

    Driving is also an option, of course. Victoria Park / Barrambin has free onsite parking via Gilchrist Avenue.

    There are a number of conveniently located multi-story car parks surrounding Victoria Park / Barrambin including:

    • Cornerstone Parking – Herston Road Car Park (650m / 8 min walk from the event)

    • QUT Kelvin Grove (950m / 12 min walk from the event)

  • Click here to view the Victoria Park Parking Map

  • Taxi and Rideshare

    Sharing a ride with friends is also a fantastic alternative. View the Ride Share Drop-off / Pick-up on the Victoria Park Parking Map or at any one of the streets named, or refer to the Google Map to help you get plan your trip. 

  • Travel safe and we cannot wait to see you at Victoria Park/Barrambin very soon! A bientôt!

LE FESTIVAL 2023

Live entertainment ​Program

All Week-end Roving

Ruba Tuba ♦ Mademoiselle Glitter ♦ Stilt walkers ♦ Mlle Glitter – Eiffel Tower ♦ French acrobats ♦ Ground Rovers