Missed the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris earlier this week? Fear not, as Melbourne is making up for it with a full weekend festival of all things French.
Of course, basking in the sweet sounds of the piano accordion whilst nibbling on cheese and pastries is a weekend well spent, but Bastille Day is about more than just gorging yourself on croissants — it marks the beginning of the French revolution and the unity of the people. And now, 225 years après la revolution, we can celebrate our love affair with French culture, as the State Library becomes a beacon of entertainment, films, live music, food and wine.
The main event is free, but grab a ticket for a champagne or cheese masterclass. Or to the theatrette, where a selection of French films will be playing – made that much sweeter with a complimentary macaron.
And if you've ever wanted to live la vie en France, nab a spot at the property seminar, giving you hot tips on how to buy that French chateau you've always dreamed of owning.
Even if you don't manage to don the oh-so-Frenchy cap, we’re sure you'll have a béret good time. Check the festival website for the full program.