Oh Mon Dieu! Find Yourself At Fed Square This Winter For Some Fantastically French Fun

Nicole de Souza Nicole de Souza - Staff Writer

Oh Mon Dieu! Find Yourself At Fed Square This Winter For Some Fantastically French Fun

Say “Bonjour” to a French winter season at Fed Square.

Bastille Day is on the horizon. To honour our French friends, Fed Square is transforming into a beautifully artistic space that celebrates French culture from July 14 onwards. See a massive art installation, eat some food and learn more about French culture in this winter’s Anything But Square program.

Bastille Day French Festival

Escape to Fed Square on Friday July 16 and Saturday July 17 to belatedly celebrate Bastille Day. Enter the Winter Market and sample some delectable treats, such as crepes, mulled wine and pastries. Learn more about French culture with the Les Lumières talk program. Listen to some music, see a short film on the big screen and enjoy the roaming performers.

The Knot

French art at Fed Square
Source: Supplied by Federation Square

Get tangled this winter with the star of the show – a three dimensional pink knot. The Knot is an art installation created by French artist Cyril Lancelin. It’s an immersive piece of art that can be explored at all angles. As you check out the installation, it’ll invite you to weave, bend and step through its maze of pink passages. Every night, the Knot will illuminate the sky into a fluorescent pink. Check out the Knot from July 15 to September 5.

Frenchy Weekends

Source: Supplied by Federation Square

Every weekend, Fed Square will bring in some culture with French films and music. Presented in partnership with Alliance Française de Melbourne, the Main Stage will see a variety of DJs, jazz acts and artists transport you to France. These musical acts will tie in to the films screened later at night.

Karine Mauris, the French Cultural Attachée, has curated a selection of French films for your enjoyment. See the biopic, Gainsbourg (Vie héroïque), for the 30th anniversary of Gainsbourg’s death, and learn more about his music and his life. Or, enjoy The French Cancan, a masterpiece by Jean Renoir about the creation of the Moulin Rouge and the cancan dance.


Click here to see the full list of films.

In addition, Fed Square will also be throwing a range of giveaways, food experiences and workshops to coincide with Frenchy weekends. Embrace French culture by eating tasty treats, painting like Monet or Cézanne or listen to a live panel discussion about the Tour de France.

These workshops are free, but you’ll need to register at the event if you want to secure your spot. RSVP to a workshop here.

Frenchy Weekends will take place August 27 to September 5.

Need more French culture? Check out: The NGV’s Winter Masterpieces Exhibition Is Bringing More Than 100 French Impressionist Artworks To Melbourne

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