Cabaret and café culture to mark Bastille Day in Ballarat

Anna Armenia and Rebecca Koroneos rehearsing for Bastille Day celebrations in Ballarat. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

Anna Armenia and Rebecca Koroneos rehearsing for Bastille Day celebrations in Ballarat. PICTURE: KATE HEALY

THE most significant day in France will be celebrated in style by a group of French enthusiasts in Ballarat.

Next month, members of the Ballarat Alliance Française and performing arts students at Federation University will come together to mark Bastille Day, France's national day, which commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution on July 14, 1789.

In Paris, Bastille Day is celebrated with military parade on the Champs Elysées and fireworks over the Eiffel Tower but closer to home in Ballarat, it will be a feast for the senses with a café-inspired dinner and cabaret show.

Committee organiser Bernadette Brouwers said the alliance was hoping for a crowd of more than 80 people.

"It's been a regular event for a number of years, but this year we wanted to encourage more of the community to take part," she said.

"It is a truly fabulous night with French inspired music, dancing and food."

Ms Brouwers a mini-cabaret style show will be performed by five performing arts students at Federation University.

"They will be performing contemporary French song and classics by the likes of Edith Piaf," she said.

"They will be accompanied by a piano accordion and keyboard to give a realistic French café vibe."

Authentic French food will also be provided by Ballarat French catering company La Kitchen 2U.

The event will be held on Saturday July 12 from 7pm till late at GPLACE, (former Golden Point Primary School) 102 English Street, Golden Point. Tickets are $50 Ballarat Alliance Française members and $55 for non-members.

For details visit afballarat.com.au or call the Ballarat Alliance Française or call 0469 795 665.

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