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Bastille Day breakfast at the Red Lime Cafe, Woy Woy

Some AFCC members enjoying Bastille Day breakfast at the Red Lime Cafe, Woy Woy.

Merci Nathalie for organising!

Bastille Day 2017

AFCC members gathered to celebrate Fete Nationale, or Bastille Day, earlier this month.

We enjoyed some lovely pastries so thanks to all the organisers.

Bastille Day 2015

2011_Fireworks_on_Eiffel_Tower_01The Alliance Française de la Côte Centrale will holding its annual Bastille Day festivity on Saturday, July 11 at the usual meeting place, Erina Leagues Club. See previous Bastille Day events:

Bastille Day actually falls on Tuesday, July 14; however, we will celebrate the event at our regular meeting on Saturday, July 11. Arrangements for this are being finalized, but we know the chefs at Erina Leagues will be making some French breakfast meals.

Hardys Bay 1Following this year’s Bastille Day event, Hardy’s Bay club has a French night the following Saturday, July 18.

Our well known musical member Les Dupont-Louis will be performing there with accordioniste Narelle. A flyer and details of the Menu are attached. Also a reminder that the 10th annual 5 Lands walk will take place this Saturday – *weather permitting.* We will have a stand and Les will also display his musical talent.

Bastille Day 2014

AFCC_BastilleDay2013_pic3AFCC Bastille Day meeting

On Saturday, July 12 2014, the Alliance Francaise Cote Central will be holding its regular monthly meeting and celebrating Bastille Day for 2014.

Location: Narara Community Centre

Please note the Bastille Day meeting will not be at the regular Erina Legues Club venue. Instead it will be at the Narara Community Centre in Narara.

  • Location: Narara Community Centre. 2-12 Pandala Road, Narara.
  • Cost: $5 per person.
  • Food & drink: Profiteroles and baguettes will be provided. Other than that bring your own food and drinks. There is a kitchen at the Centre. You can also bring a portable BBQ if you want to join in the BBQ lunch.
  • Time: 12pm til 3pm.

History

See last year’s post for a little history on Bastille Day, or la fete nationale.

Map

Bastille Day 2013

AFCC Bastille Day meeting

On Saturday, July 13 2013, the Alliance Francaise Cote Central will be holding its regular monthly meeting and celebrating Bastille Day for 2013.

History

Bastille Day, in France and its overseas départements and territories, is a holiday marking the anniversary of the fall on July 14, 1789, of the Bastille in Paris. Originally built as a medieval fortress, the Bastille eventually came to be used as a state prison. Political prisoners were often held there, as were citizens detained by the authorities for trial. Some prisoners were held on the direct order of the king, from which there was no appeal. Although by the late 18th century it was little used and was scheduled to be demolished, the Bastille had come to be associated in the minds of the people with the harsh rule of the Bourbon monarchy. During the unrest of 1789, on July 14 a mob approached the Bastille to demand the arms and ammunition stored there, and, when the force guarding the structure resisted, the attackers captured the prison, releasing the seven prisoners held there. The taking of the Bastille signaled the beginning of the French Revolution, and it thus became a symbol of the end of the ancien régime.

July 14, often called la fête nationale in France, became an official holiday in 1880 From the beginning, speeches, parades, and fireworks, along with public revelry, were part of the celebration. The slogan “Vive le 14 juillet!”  “Long live the 14th of July!”) has continued to be associated with the day. The holiday came to be celebrated in the former French colonies and is observed in those places maintaining links to France. French Polynesia especially came to be known for its adaptation of the holiday to its own culture.

In addition, Francophiles worldwide have taken up the observance of Bastille Day, celebrating with dinners of French cuisine, for example, or with concerts of French music.