Our weekend of all things French is returning to South Bank, and the program is a diverse taste of Gallic culture. As well as getting acquainted with France’s famous gastronomic delights, you can also see live music performances and try your hand at making your own perfume.
Francophiles, get your beret and Breton stripes ready; Le Festival is returning. More than 70 stalls will take over South Bank’s Cultural Forecourt from 6–8 July, and the entertainment program will keep you grounded in French culture once you’ve had your fill of cheese, crepes and champagne.
“It is definitely a full French immersion weekend,” says Le Festival director Betty Moinet. “And the French culture is quite unique in that it combines a lot of traditions with also many innovative aspects.”
Here are five of the highlights on the program this year.
See Australia’s Daft Punk tribute band in action. Dressed in the helmets synonymous with France’s iconic electro house outfit, Discovery will play a DJ set late into the night on Saturday.
Music: Jazz Surreal
On the mellow end of the entertainment spectrum, guitar duo Jazz Surreal will serenade you with waltzes, upbeat swing and gypsy jazz. Their soothing sounds capture the quintessence of French charm.
Masterclass: French Gastronomy with Bruno Loubet
Michelin-star chef Bruno Loubet is leading two masterclasses. He will share insights on French cooking while preparing a classic: French onion soup. And because this is a French culinary affair, you’ll get a glass of wine to sip as you watch the star chef in action.
Food: Wine and Champagne Trail
Duval Leroy and DiscoverVin have teamed up to create a wine and a champagne trail. Meander along the trail to savour a variety of French drops.
Masterclass: French Perfume Making Experience
Perfumer Miriam Young will show you how to use traditional French methods to make your own scent. Get to know your top notes, middle notes and base notes as you work with natural fragrances that take your fancy.
South Bank Cultural Forecourt
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