2nd Edition of the New Caledonian Film Festival

In honor of New Caledonia Citizenship Day on the 24th of September,
the New Caledonia Delegation to Australia, CREIPAC and the Alliance Françaises in Australia,
are proud to present the New Caledonia Short film Festival 2023 and the special screening of 5 short films :

– La Naissance d’un Guerrier de Gino Pitarch
– Pierrot Lenquette de Maï Le Flochmoën
– Illusions de Manuella Ginestre
– Space Lovers de Xavier de Thoury 
– Les Enfants Oubliés
 de Jérôme Roumagne

The screening will be accompanied by drinks and delicious New-Caledonia-inspired nibbles.
Please note that all movies are in French with English subtitles.


AF Canberra – 22 Sep, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Sign up here: https://www.afcanberra.com.au/community/event-rsvp/?event_id=747

AF Adelaide – 22 Sep, 6:00pm – 8:30pm
Sign up here: https://www.af.org.au/community/event-rsvp/?event_id=486

AF Perth – 22 Sep, 5:30pm – 8:00pm
Sign up here: https://www.afperth.com.au/community/event-rsvp/?event_id=594

AF Townsville – 22 & 23 Sep
For more info: https://aftownsville.org.au/french-film-festival-2023/


AF Sydney – 27 Sep, 6:15pm – 8:30pm – fully booked!

AF Melbourne – 28 Sep, 6pm
Book here: https://www.afmelbourne.com.au/community/event-rsvp/?event_id=2050

The Alliance Française of Melbourne is also organising a free photography exhibition celebrating the unique culture of the pacific region.
The photographs will be exhibited at the Alliance Française Cultural Pop-Up from September 6th to September 28th.

AF Brisbane – 1st of October at the GOMA Australian Cinémathèque.
For more infromation: https://www.afbrisbane.com/whats-on/collection-fiction-nouvelle-caledonie-2023/
For bookings: https://www.qagoma.qld.gov.au/cinema/program/new-voices-2023


AF Adelaide


Bastille day celebration in Adelaïde will be a night of French activities that will entertain the whole family! Including Music, a theatrical performance, dancing, children’s activities, a drink and some food. It will take place on Sunday 16 July from 5 to 10 pm at Goodwood institute. The event included a program for the adults and one for children. Tickets are available here at $25 (adults) or $15 (kids) : Bastille Day 2023 Tickets, Sun 16/07/2023 at 5:00 pm | Eventbrite



AF Albury

The Alliance Française d’Albury organises an afternoon tea on Saturday, 15 July at 2:30pm at La Maison restaurant, on the Causeway in Wodonga. The price is $30 and tickets will be available on our website https://afalbury.org.au/ from 28 June to 11 July. Come enjoy company and conversation in French and English while sharing in french inspired savory and sweet treats.


AF Cairns


The Alliance Française de Cairns organises games, entertainment and food for the French speaking community on 16 July 2023 between 11am and 4pm at the Serbian Cultural Centre, 67 Greenslopes, Edge Hill 4870, QLD. The event entrance fee is a coin donation and there will be Café Gourmand tower to be sold at 18$ for one person or 30$ for two people. Join us for Joie de Vivre! Fun, games, prizes for all the family!



AF Côte de Saphir


The Alliance Française Cote de Saphir is delighted to propose a pleasurable Bastille Day Lunch with options of 2 or 3 courses, in one of Merimbula’s gourmet restaurants, with a live performance by two local wonders, Phillip Moriarty and Andy Zarins. The lunch will take place on 14 July 2023 from 12:30 at TIDAL Restaurant & Wine Bar (Beach Street, Merimbula NSW 2548).Pricing for AF Members: 3 course menu – $65 / 2 course menu – $55 and pricing for guests:     3 course menu – $75 / 2 course menu – $65. RSVP by 7 July.


AF Darwin

Join us for lovely dry season night to celebrate France’s National Day on 14 July from 5.30pm to 10pm at Darwin Surf Life Saving Club, Café de la plage. Come enjoy French food by De La Plage and La French Cart as well as French wine by Darwin Surf Life Saving Club. Mathilde our French singer will sing France and DJ all night. Free Family event, French Kids defile highlighting our regions, face painting, raffle to win lovely French products. More info on this page : https://www.facebook.com/events/158588543866740


AF Hobart


The Alliance Française de Hobart will be celebrating le 14 juillet with a Cocktail Party on the 14th July from 17:30-19:00. The venue is Mt. Stuart Hall, Byard St, Mt. Stuart.  Wheelchair access if needed. Parking in the neighbouring streets. Cost is $40 pp Payment Online  to Alliance Francaise de Hobart, No door sales. RSVP to our Treasurer by 7th July at gmorford@iinet.net.au.  Raffle prizes : cash needed for tickets $2 per ticket or $5 for 3 tickets. All Francophiles and Francophones welcome!


AF Milton-Ulladulla

Let’s celebrate Bastille Day with good food, dancing music and catching up with friends. The Alliance Française de Milton- Ulladulla is happuy to invite you to a dinner with music will take place on Friday 14 July from 6pm at Mollymook Beach Bowling Club. Price is $60 for members, $70 for non members



AF Newcastle


The Alliance Française de Newcastle will organise a Cabaret Show “Paris after dark” performed by Milk Foucault Larche and Corinne Andrew who will bring to your seat the enchanting spirit of a real Parisian party with a French repertoire of Piaf, Aznavour, Bécaud, Dalida, Yves Montand, Charles Trenet, Enrico Macias, Joséphine Baker. It will take place on Friday 14th July 2023 from 7pm at Queens Wharf Hotel, GALLEY FUNCTION ROOM, 150 WHARF ROAD, NEWCASTLE, Newcastle 2300. RSVP via our Website $30 for our AFN members, $39 for Non AFN Members. Link to our Website event: https://www.afnewcastle.com.au/social-activities/bastille-day-celebration/



AF Perth

The Alliance Française de Perth is celebrating Bastille Day ! Enjoy French food, champagne and wine to immerse in a French atmosphere, with a tombola to win 2 Return Tickets to Singapore with a 4 courses dinner on Saturday 15/07 from 6.30pm at Claremont Yacht Club, 4 Victoria Ave, Claremont WA 6010. $95 for non-member, $85 for AF and FACCI member https://www.afperth.com.au/community/event-rsvp/?event_id=574



AF Sunshine Coast


A special edition of our very popular café conversation to celebrate Bastille Day will take place in the best French pâtisserie on the Sunshine Coast. Our pastry chef Eric will once again work wonders, get your tastebuds ready! This Members Only Gathering will he held on Saturday 15th July from 10am at la Maison du Pâtissier – Meridan Plains. Price – around $20.


AF Sydney 

The Alliance Française de Sydney’s highly anticipated Bastille Day party will return on 13th of July from 6pm till late at The Argyle, The Rocks. The $20 – $25 tickets can be booked on the website https://www.bastilledaysydney.com.aubut will also be available at the door subject to venue capacity. Raffle tickets can be purchased online and on site from 6pm to 9pm (cash only).  This year’s theme, “North and South: The Rendez-vous,” will transport you to the vibrant heart of France, exploring the friendly rivalry between its contrasting regions. This is an 18+ event.


AF Wagga-Wagga

The Alliance Française de Wagga-Wagga will host the opening night of its 16th French Film Festival, preceded by wine and canapés and musical entertainment on Friday 14 July 2023 from 6.30pm at Forum 6 Cinemas, Wagga Wagga. The event will mark the start of the Festival composed of 9 films, each shown twice and concluding on 25 July. The AF members’ ticket price for the opening night is $10.00.

So Frenchy So Chic 2023

Melbourne 15.01 | Werribee Park – Werribee South
Sydney 21.01 | Bicentennial Park – Glebe


Operating since 2012, SFSC offers a unique festival experience of provençal style picnic and French music. Over the years, SFSC have showcased over 50 of France’s best musicians, including FEFE, Yelle, The Dø, Clara Luciani, Nouvelle Vague, Lou Doillon, Nadéah, Brigitte, Deluxe, Camille, Bertrand Belin, and La Femme. Also teaming up with local artists, in 2021, SFSC launched Yè-Yè 2.0, a project that saw Australian female singers record interpretations of 1960s French pop hits in a series of EPs released on streaming platforms,  the festival also initiated a unique collaboration between FEFE and Melbourne funk band Cookin’ On 3 Burners.


This year’s musical lineup:

Suzane Suzane burst onto the scene from her home base in the South of France and immediately won over the public with her fast, fiery, and profound presence. Described as “more Mulan than Cinderella,” she sings about her feminine combat in a patriarchal world with an unstoppable energy. A prolific dancer, she received a well-deserved French Grammy award (Victoires De La Musique) for Best Live Performance in 2020.

Discover Suzane on Spotify


Gaspard Royant Talented journalist-turned-musician Gaspard Royant sings in both French and English, with a distinct 60s flavour evident in his music and wardrobe styling. Titled ‘The Real Thing’ and released in 2022, his fourth and most recent album samples iconic movements from the last century, blending Blue Eyed Soul, 60s Pop, 70s Soft Rock, 90s Electro and 00s Hip-Hop for a sound that depicts his take on the future of soul.


Discover Gaspard Royant on Spotify


Kalika Fresh from performing at France’s summer festival circuit, Kalika’s voice has been described as “an iron fist in a velvet glove”. Her sincerity, determination and electric stage presence come from travelling the markets in a caravan as a child with her grandmother, learning how to whip up a crowd. At the age of 17, she finished second on French talent show La Nouvelle Star and started working in Nancy with the MAI (Music Academy International), focusing on current music, before completing her training at a Parisian jazz school. She has also collaborated with iconic French duo Yelle.

Discover Kalika on Spotify


Pi Ja Ma Creative in every sense, Pi Ja Ma, aka Pauline de Tarragon, balances her time between music and illustrating. Known for “gentle exuberance” and a paradox in which she is both a “lone wolf and addicted to love,” her sound is that of French pop with a distinct 60s influence — echoing SFSC’s 2022 project Yè-Yè 2.0, which saw top Australian female artists reinterpreting songs from that era.


Discover Pi Ja Ma on Spotify


YÉ-YÉ 2.0 So Frenchy So Chic’s 2023 lineup will see local musicians Nadéah and Ali Barter return to the stage to perform songs from YÉ-YÉ 2.0, a project by festival founder Jean-Francois Ponthieux. In 1960s France, Yé-Yé emerged as a music movement influenced by British & American rock, chanson and other styles to create a fresh, distinctive sound. Launched in late 2021, YÉ-YÉ 2.0 saw Australia’s finest female artists putting their own spin on songs from the Yé-Yé in a series of EPs — soon to launch as an album.

Discover YÉ-YÉ 2.0 on Spotify

SFSC DJ’s Melbourne DJ and radio host Mike Gurrieri’s SFSC set will reflect his broad, superlative taste, spanning from ‘60s jazz and chanson through to ‘70s disco and soul, ‘80s boogie, ‘90s hip-hop and house, plus the latest French dance floor tunes.

In both cities, festival founder Jean-Francois Ponthieux will make a rare appearance behind the decks alongside our star DJs for a special live radio set of French favourites new and old.

Discover Mike Gurrieri on Spotify



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In 2023, the AFFFF will return for its impressive 34th year.

Here are the festival dates per city:

March 7–April 5: Sydney, NSW
March 8–April 5: Melbourne, VIC
March 8–April 5: Perth, WA
March 9–19: Hobart, TAS
March 9–April 5: Canberra, ACT
March 15–April 12: Brisbane, QLD
March 16–April 5: Byron Bay, NSW
March 23–April 19: Adelaide, SA
March 29–April 2: Parramatta, NSW
March 29–April 2: Rooty Hill, NSW
March 29–April 16: Gold Coast, QLD
March 31–April 2: Margaret River, WA
April 3 and 10: Victor Harbour, SA
April 21–23: Bendigo, VIC
+ encore dates in some cities


Stay tuned for more details….

Bastille Day 2022 in Australia

From July 10th to July 24th 

Australia is ready for Bastille Day, the national day of France, which is celebrated on 14 July each year.

In French, it is formally called Fête nationale française, and legally le 14 juillet.

Head over to the French Embassy to Australia’s website to find an event in your town!

For more information on this fascinating celebration and the history behind it read the article from Matilda Marseillaise.


To celebrate the 40th anniversary of the Fête de la Musique, the French Embassy in Australia partnered with the General Consulate of France, Creative NSW, Phoenix Central Park, the MCA,
the Powerhouse Museum, the Mosman Art Gallery, Avenue on Sussex, Four Frogs Créperie, and Ondine offer a free musical program in Sydney and Canberra on June 21st 2022. 

Book your tickets at Palace cinemas and enjoy the best of contemporary French cinema in Australia. Featuring 41 must-see films, there is a movie for everyone! Check out the line-up .

1 MAR to 6 APR
2 MAR to 6 APR
3 MAR to 6 APR
9 MAR to 6 APR
16 MAR to 13 APR
24 MAR to 26 APR
Byron Bay:
30 MAR to 14 APR
7 to 10 APR
9 to 20 MAR


Sunday 13 Feb – Werribee Park Mansion, Melbourne
Saturday 19 Feb – Bicentennial Park, Sydney

For 16 years, So Frenchy So Chic has bridged the cultural gap between Australia and France via a shared love of music, food and conviviality. 
So Frenchy So Chic began as Cartell Music, a Melbourne record label founded by French-Australian Jean-Francois Ponthieux, who dreamt of introducing contemporary French pop to Australian music lovers.

Van Gogh’s works have been exhibited and admired for over a century – but never like this.

Created by Grande Experiences, Van Gogh Alive gives visitors the unique opportunity to immerse themselves into Van Gogh’s artistry and truly venture into his world. Traditions of tiptoeing through silent galleries and viewing paintings from afar in quiet contemplation are forgotten as visitors find themselves interacting with art in ways they never imagined. From start to finish, visitors are surrounded by a vibrant symphony of light, colour, sound and fragrance that has been called an ‘unforgettable’ multi-sensory experience.

Van Gogh’s masterpieces come to life, giving visitors the sensation of walking right into his paintings, a feeling that is simultaneously enchanting, entertaining and educational. Adults and children delight in the super-scale show, viewing artworks from new angles and discovering unique perspectives. But don’t just take their word for it: experience it for yourself!


Where: 257 MacArthur Ave, Hamilton QLD 4007

When: From 29th of October to 23rd of December 2021


Where: Parkes Place Lawn

When : From the 5th of March to 27th of March  2022

Rugby Australia has welcomed the arrival of the Fédération Française de Rugby.

They will play 3 matches in first international rugby union Test:

To find the list of the 42 players called up to the French national team: List XV de France