Bastille Day is back! This year, we are celebrating Bastille Day twice: once online and once in-person. Can’t make up your mind? Attend both!

About Our Virtual Celebration

Join us for a celebratory, educational online event. We will start with speeches in French from Arnaud Mentré, Consul Général de France à Boston, and Barbara Bouquegneau, Executive Director of the French Library.

We will then have the pleasure of listening to Sarah Lund on the following topic: Liberty, Equality, Sorority? A Woman Printmaker in the French Revolution. Sarah Lund is a graduate intern at the Harvard Art Museums and Ph.D. candidate in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Harvard University. A short Q&A in English will follow this presentation.

We will continue the event with a game in French: the goal will be to guess if the questions we will ask you are related to Bastille Day, the American Independence Day, or both of them. Last but not least, we will close the evening listening to the sublime reinterpretation of La Marseillaise by the talented duo formed by FCC team member, Fabrizio Mazzetta and his partner, Masako Jasmine Yotsugi.


About Our In-Person Celebration at La Voile Brookline

Celebrate La Fête Nationale with us and our friends from La Voile! We have prepared a special afternoon/evening full of fun! Come enjoy Bastille Day à la française. During the whole celebration drinks will be flowing, while your favorite French appetizers will be passed from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The event will be taking place at La Voile Brookline on the air-conditioned second floor which will be reserved for the French Library.

From 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM: Game time for all! Board games for kids, story time en français with your librarian, face painting, card games, trivia and even mini pétanque fields! Included in the event’s price are four different Ricard cocktails for the adults as well as grenadine and mint mocktails for the younger ones.

The pétanque fields will be first come, first serve and will run for 30mins per team.

From 6pm to 8pm: Party time!  Live accordéoniste, glasses of rosé de Provence, French appetizers, French songs and dancing. Please note that this is a standing-room party.

Appetizers menu:
  • Croque-monsieurs
  • Rillettes/cornichons
  • Saumon Fumé
  • Pâté de campagne/moutarde
  • Brie aux truffes
  • Cannelés
Want to dress up or wear your most frenchy outfits? You are more than welcome!