What is Brisbane Bastille Day?
Brisbane Bastille Day is an important celebration on 14 July. It is celebrated around the world, including Brisbane, and represents freedom, equality and fraternity. Brisbane Bastille Day commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération.
This festive occasion is a celebration for French communities around the world, including those in Australia. Brisbane, and other major Australian cities have strong French sub-cultures, which are derived from historical French influences, French migrants to Australia, and individuals who have travelled to and been exposed to France.
On 14 July every year, French-Australians celebrate Brisbane Bastille Day with public events, showcasing French society and culture. Several major French businesses and organisations including the Alliance Française, work together to ensure the Brisbane Bastille Day celebrations are no less than spectacular.
These events and festivals even allow young children to learn more about the country of France, through organised arts and crafts activities, and performances held in public spaces. Fashion parades show off the latest in French fashion, including impressive well-known, and lesser-known French designers.
Celebrate Brisbane Bastille Day by joining in a cooking experience. Learn how to cook your favourite French dish, including deserts and traditional main meals. You will meet other people who are passionate about French food too, and learn how to grow or select the best fresh produce for your French dishes. You can learn the importance of quality food in French culture, and how recipes are passed down through generations and remain in a family or geographical region for centuries.
Brisbane Bastille Day also allows you to move, dance and sing to popular and traditional French music, including solo artists and bands. You can join in an outdoor performance during either the day or night, for a wonderful treat of French influenced sounds. Many of these concerts are also suitable for children, so you can take the whole family, and allow them to love and learn about French culture.
In France, Brisbane Bastille Day is called le 14 Juillet, but the French National day is better known worldwide as Bastille Day, after the jail in Paris which was taken by the people of Paris, on the 14th of July 1789. This day has been celebrated, around the world by French people, ever since.
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