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FACC: Seattle celebrates Bastille Day

In its third year, the Bastille Day Celebration moves beyond its previous role of perpetuating out-dated notions of French culture, and, at the same time, offers a flirt with the undeniably alluring sites, sounds and tastes that we have come to love about France. A day in the lifetime of France, this free festival promises tokens of today’s French culture and a fun and engaging history lesson of what Bastille Day is all about, the revolution that defined a nation and its people. And to celebrate the modern political and social clout of the French language—spoken by 264 million people worldwide—this year’s organizers bring you the multitude of cultures that make up la francophonie, or the French speaking community.

In two themes—the French Revolution and la francophonie—the celebration offers a little something for everyone, from the Francophiles, to visual artists, to music fans, to bookworms, to car lovers, to wannabe Tour de France champions, to the habitual shopper, and to the child in all of us. Featured activities include a francophonie expo with active and renowned francophone organizations and companies, a village with the charming face of Montmartre, Citroen car and Tour de France/bike exhibition, cooking demonstration by Seattle’s leading French chefs, French specialty foods, wine, and retail booths. Children’s activities include the penalty kick tournament to coincide with FIFA World Cup 2006, educational art projects, photo opportunities with look-alikes of famous French figures and musical performances by storytellers Alafone & Sanvua.

Music and dance by Seattle favorites Bonnie Birch, Captain Leroy and the Zydeco Locals, Fathia Atallah, Flordigan Can Can Girls, Kalass, Over the Water Hurdy-Gurdy Association and Pearl Django!

DATE & TIME: Sunday, July 16th 2006, 11:00am – 6:00pm
LOCATION: Seattle Center, Fisher Pavilion

To learn more, please visit the Bastille Day Celebration’s official website and contact Marie Petit, Consular Agency of France at 206 256-6184 or at




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