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"Un mot" from Le Festival's ambassadors

Over the years legends have shared their love

The Embassy of France in Australia is proud to support “Le Festival – Brisbane French Festival”. Organised by the vibrant francophone and francophile community of Brisbane, Le Festival – Brisbane French Festival continues to thrive and has therefore skillfully imbedded itself as a major event in Brisbane. Boasting great success, it highlights not only the strength but outstanding growth of French contributions to the cultural landscape of Queensland. The increase of contributions like these can only reflect the ever-blossoming French-Australian dynamic truly present across all of Australia.
I greatly look forward to celebrating Bastille Day in South Bank next July!

Christophe Penot

Ambassador of France to Australia

Le Festival  has become over the years one of the most essential events in Brisbane to celebrate Bastille Day, showcasing French know-how and its Associations in all their diversity. It has become a link between the French and Australian communities.Congratulations to the organisers and volunteers who contribute fully to this Franco-Australian friendship.

Nicolas Croizier

Consul-general of France in Australia

Le Festival was such a wonderful week-end. So much happening ! Wine, champagne, cookery courses, great entertainment on the main stage for everyone to enjoy and of course the food with quintessential stalls. What I really enjoyed and made me so proud, was the way people embrace the Francophile atmosphere and just have a great time ! The organization of such an event is not easy but the team behind it does such a fantastic job under the guidance of Betty Moinet making it a must in the calendar.

Bruno Loubet

Le Festival's 2018 Ambassador - Le Cordon Bleu Chef

At Le Festival, there is a nice and relaxed atmosphere, the location in South Bank is perfectly chosen, and the program is varied, from master classes to Can Can performances, and much more in between. Le Festival offers a full immersion into French culture, especially from a culinary point of view with a variety of stalls offering French regional specialties. The wine pavilion is also an excellent way to discover or re-discover the big French wine-producing regions. Overall, Le Festival is the ideal place for lovers of France, its culture, and its gastronomy.Thank you again for these lovely moment.

Paul Taylor

Le Festival 2017's Ambassador, French-English comedian

Ah L 'amour !

They love Le Festival and they say it out loud

Volunteering at the French Festival was an amazing experience!

I had the chance to be trained to the RSA, serve amazing Champagnes, answer people so curious about the French Culture, share the best of it, meet new people… and all that in a superb location and a fantastic atmosphere.

I will be back next year!

A Volunteer

Le Festival 2018

Such a magnifique event! After being a volunteer for a couple of years, I loved it so much I knew I wanted to become more involved, and hence joined the committee in 2019. It has been one of the best things I’ve done! Amazing atmosphere, amazing people, great ambience, delicious food and wine to sample, and so much more of French culture to experience! Being on the committee, I have a greater appreciation for everything involved in organising an event of this calibre. I can definitely see why it is the biggest French festival in Australia, which makes me all the more proud and honoured to be a part of it.

Sophia Slancar

Committee Member

“Le Festival is a brilliant celebration of French entertainment, food, wine, Bastille Day, and so many things that les Français, Francophones, and Australians all enjoy. We’re proud to be an institutional partner. Félicitations to Le Festival on your tenth anniversary!”

Jason McKenzie

President - Alliance Française de Brisbane

Another great French Festival event this year, like all the previous ones.

It is very well-organised for the exhibitors, well-presented and clean for the visitors and relevant to the purpose of the French theme.

Christian Blondeau

Director - France at Leisure

For many years now, Sofitel Brisbane Central has been happily associated with the Brisbane French Festival. It is a fantastic opportunity for us to join the biggest annual French gathering in Brisbane and showcase our common French identity to a very large crowd of enthusiastic Francophones and Francophiles.
Congratulations for another great edition!

Claire Mathieu

Marketing Executive - Sofitel Brisbane Central

Thank you very much to Le Festival’s  team and volunteers. Great organisation & really friendly staff.

We love this atmosphere and will definitely come back!
A bientôt & Merci!

Sébastien Laboucarie

Voila! Wine & Co

The Festival was a terrific event for our business. It was extremely well-organised and managed by everyone involved (including all the wonderful volunteers) and we thought the exposure we had during the 2.5 days was well worth the pack-up and drive from Melbourne.

We’re already looking forward to next year – it has become our favourite Australian festival.

Penny Attiwill

La Brocante

Over the past decade, for an eagerly anticipated weekend in July, Southbank’s Cultural Forecourt becomes a little corner of France. Le Festival has become one of the largest and most successful French Festivals in Australia. With a fabulous committee, the generous support of sponsors, and the enthusiasm of Francophiles from Brisbane and beyond, Le Festival gives visitors a real French experience in the heart of Brisbane. French Affair has been a part of Le Festival since the very beginning and we are proud to be part of this incredible event. We congratulate Le Festival on 10 magnifique years.

Sue McGary

French Affair

Le Festival is one of the highlights of our year! We truly love the quality of this event, and the vibrancy and energy that the organisers have putting together such an amazing program every year!

The Chef Pierre was excellent, very informative and educational. The beautiful lesson in a great venue was accompanied with generous servings of cheese and wine.

Le Cordon Bleu masterclass was a true education with relevant information backed with practical tastings. Very entertaining and great value.

Lovely staff, incredibly helpful. Congratulations on one of the best festivals in Brisbane!

Fantastic effort by the committee and volunteers - really appreciate all your hard work to create a wonderful event.

Thank you Cathy, Vanessa and Carla for your enthusiasm and coordination with the exhibitors and the mini festival. From our point of view it was a well run and well attended mini festival. Please continue making this part of the festival full operational to allow all families to benefit.

Special thanks to Brisbane French Festival for supporting gypsy jazz artists in Brisbane.


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