Bonjour! France Comes to the Gold Coast

Bonjour Francophiles! November sees a slice of France come to Broadbeach as the Bonjour French Festival fills Pratten Park with movies, dance, food, music and of course, a helluva lot of berets.

Now in its fourth year, Bonjour French Festival prides itself on bringing more diversity each year. This year’s program includes a Guinness world record attempt. Taking place on Remembrance Day at 11.11am, organisers hope to gather at the most amount of people wearing a beret in a French atmosphere. Guinness World Record guidelines are very strict: Everyone must be accounted for. While the event is free, all who are planning to attend need to register to say they’re coming. Don’t have a beret? Never fear! All online registrations will receive a complimentary Beret on the day.

Friday sees the beautiful French film ‘Amelie’ on the big screen, for just a gold coin donation. See for yourself why it’s considered a modern classic. Saturday welcomes students from St Michael’s College and the French immersion program from Benowa State High to the stage in order to perform a small play in French and dance and song performance, respectively. In addition, a musketeers show, a corsairs show, opera, rouge dancers and food competitions make Saturday a day not to be missed!

Sunday will host more of the same with Caningeraba School performing a Can-Can, and a variety of on-stage acts and competitions throughout the day, including a performance from Gold Coast artist Jenna Dearness Dark.

If you’re not stuck to the stage you can also be entertained by the Rubtuba Roving Performers and world-class New Caledonia stilts walkers. And of course, a selection of tasty treats will keep even the fussiest of palates satisfied!

Bonjour French Festival runs from 10 – 12 November at Pratten Park in Broabeach. Visit bonjourfrenchfestival.com.au for a full program of events and to register for the Guinness World Record attempt.

A bientôt!

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