Adelaide French Festival | 12 – 14 January 2018


Adelaide French Festival | 12-14 January 2018

Celebrate life, summer and the best of French culture over one weekend, magnifique! This festival is a celebration of all things French across food, wine, fashion, music, performance, visual arts, film and so much more.


So Frenchy So Chic

It all kicks off with So Frenchy So Chic in the Park at Pinky Flat on 12 January. Get ready to wine, dine and dance under the stars to the sounds of the hottest acts in French music including Féfé, Juniore, General Elektriks and L.E.J.

It is a party, a picnic, a celebration of life and culture – the Frenchy Way. Gather your friends and join in for a warm night’s aperitif in the French village-like setting at the picturesque Pinky Flat. An intimate eve of conviviality, with simple delights, dancing, artisans, and locally-sourced cuisine – all set to the eclectic sounds of France’s hottest musicians.

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On the Saturday, one of France’s most exciting live acts Frànçois & the Atlas Mountains takes to the stage at Dunstan Playhouse. From their new album Domino, the band fuses a mixture of afro pop, French chanson and Anglo-phonic guitar pop to create a distinctive new sound.

French chanteuse Caroline Nin, brings her Songs and Stories of the Paris Lido to Adelaide for the weekend; while internationally acclaimed pianist Frédéric Vaysse-Knitter will present the works of Claude Debussy on the Sunday.


In an extraordinary night to remember, Adelaide Festival Centre’s Banquet Room will transform into a French salon for an evening of contemporary art, seductive entertainment and charming French cuisine. La Soirée Cliché includes a unique live showing of ‘Bloom’ body-painting by artiste Emma Hack, a tantalising menu by Cliché Executive Chef Fabien Streit, and the divine voices of Baby et Lulu featuring Abby Dobson (Leonardo’s Bride) and Lara Goodridge (FourPlay String Quartet).

Fashion takes centre-stage with Couture Collection as some of Adelaide’s leading couture designers including Greta Kate, Calèche, Varacalli, Eliza French and Sylvy Earl present their latest collections in a stunning parade of detail, construction and classic French femininity. These original creations, produced in South Australia, are a vibrant showpiece of the state’s design flair and ingenuity.

On the Riverdeck – Markets, Music, Wine & Dine

Adelaide Festival Centre’s free stage on the Riverdeck will come alive with the sounds of French music from gypsy jazz to chanson français with live music, DJs and roving performers. These include Louise Blackwell & The French Set, La Mauvaise Repuatation, DJ WiPod, DJ Guillaume Vetu, The Coconut Kids, Extemporal and Bamboozled.

There will also be a rich array of decadent tastes and seductive smells on offer during the festival with delights from La Buvette, The Smelly Cheese Shop, Crepe Bar, La Provence, Pol Roger and Kronenbourg.

The Gathered Market at Adelaide Festival Centre will bring together independent stallholders showcasing bespoke homewares, jewellery, stationery, art, prints and garments. Soak up the intimate, wholesome atmosphere of a French village marketplace while grazing for gifts, treats and treasures amidst Adelaide’s creative community.


Get hands-on with a range of free and ticketed activities including create your very own French perfume using the finest raw materials from the world’s leading suppliers; be inspired by Le Cordon Bleu culinary institute as they share pâtisserie techniques; tantalise your taste buds with Pol Roger Masterclasses; take a French Culture and Language Workshop with Alliance Française d’Adélaïde; try your hand at pétanque, create your own flower crown or have your hair styled like a French movie star at Le Coiffeur beauty salon in the Dunstan Playhouse foyer.

Family-Friendly Highlights

There’s plenty of French fun for the kids including Le Cordon Bleu – Junior Sous Chef Workshop, art classes with Little Picasso Art, The Froggie’s Club and the beautiful production of There’s a Rabbit in the Moon from French theatre company Vélo Théâtre.

Adelaide Festival Centre and Nexus Arts present A Trip To The Moon – a special screening of the iconic short films of French filmmaker George Méliès accompanied by original live soundtracks composed and performed by leading Adelaide musicians, and for the first time in Australia, award-winning French photographer Michel Setboun will present his fine art photo exhibition Paris Dark Light, an intimate photographic trip to Paris.

There is also a family French film program at Mercury Cinema, A French Weekend at Carrick Hill, tours of the unique collection of French Art and Napoleonic items at the David Roche Foundation House Museum and much more.


Froggie’s Club

Alliance Française d’Adélaïde encourages young children, eager to learn more about French culture, to join in fun-filled sessions over the Festival weekend.

Learn the language through traditional French songs, storybooks, games and craft activities.

  • Club 1 for ages 4-6 – Saturday 13 January 2018 | 11am
  • Club 2 for ages 7-10 – Sunday 14 January 2018 | 11am



There is A Rabbit In The Moon

Over the years Thomas Snout, the Night Collector, has collected 3845 nights, big and small, with or without moonlight, nights of his own, nights of others, as well as a few that have been lent to him…

Seated on a crescent moon in the workshop of Thomas Snout, we are transported into magical, starry, scary and silent night… with stars that listen to our whispers.

Using unusual everyday objects and your imagination French company Vélo Théâtre invites each of us into the nightime world of Thomas Snout where the ordinary is transformed into the extraordinary and where a Mercedes Benz drives off into the stars with a cat and a silk ballerina.


Le Cordon Bleu – Junior Sous Chef Workshop

Le Cordon Bleu Australia welcomes boys and girls of all ages, interested in serving their own Parisian plates at home.

Allow your child to discover their inner chef as they get hands-on and creative, decorating their very own cupcake amongst other enthusiastic children.


For more information and all enquiries please visit the Adelaide Festival Centre website.

What: Adelaide French Festival 

When: Friday 12 – Sunday 14 January 2018

Where: Various locations

Who: Everyone

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

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