STORMING THE BASTILLE AT SOUTH MELBOURNE’S EVENING STAR

bastilleposterBASTILLE DAY CELEBRATION, SUNDAY 14 JULY 2013, 4PM-11PM

South Melbourne restaurateur Renan Goksin and his celebrated seafood venue Evening Star (north-east corner South Melbourne Market), South Melbourne, is holding an open-to-all Bastille Day celebration this Sunday 14 July with hundreds of people expected to attend.

“The idea is to celebrate all things French, with food, wine, music and live performances on the theme,” says Goksin, whose venue ran its inaugural Bastille Day public party in 2012. He said last year’s event attracted about 400 people, including members of Melbourne’s extensive French ex-pat contingent. This is the biggest Bastille Day party in Melbourne, and true to its spirit.

French bands, dancing and Burlesque will make up the day’s entertainment. There is an 18th-century dress-up theme, which is “encouraged for all, but not compulsory”. The French-born City of Port Phillip Councillor, Serge Thomann, will introduce the proceedings and Boonwurrung Elder Caroline Briggs will welcome all to South Melbourne.

A French ‘Colonial Menu’, including crepes and cakes, will be offered alongside Evening Star’s regular oyster-special, with Coffin Bay oysters at $1 each.

“Free to all and fair prices to all peoples of the world!”, says Goksin

Bastille Day is the English term for French National Day, a tradition which commemorates the 1790 Fête de la Fédération, which was held on the first anniversary of the storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789.

Captions for attached images: the 2013 poster and invitation; image from the inaugural 2012 event.

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For more information, images or interviews, phone Renan on 0407 072 708 or Jacinta on 0425 784 482

 

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