To celebrate the Centennial of World War I, the Alliance Francaise d’Adelaide is commemorating and paying homage to the courage of Australian soldiers on the French battlefields.
On Friday November 28th, the French Christmas Market, set in the beautiful and significant location of Unley Soldiers’ Memorial Gardens, will be officially opened by the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Zoe Bettison, the Mayor of Unley, Lachlan Clyne, and the Governor of South Australia, Mr Hieu Van Le (to be confirmed).
The opening ceremony will be followed by an aerial parade of 3 historic biplanes after which visitors will be able to attend the South Australian premiere of the restored version of the epic silent movie ‘Verdun, visions d’histoire’ (Verdun, Views of History) by Léon Poirier (1928), presented as an outdoor cinema-concert, with Hakim Bentchouala Golobitch at the piano, who will interpret André Petiot’s original partition.
On Saturday 29th, Alliance Francaise d’Adelaide will celebrate more lightheartedly with a lot of activities during the day, including the yearly release of the Beaujolais Nouveau and a concert under the stars in the evening. With everything French, from wine and cheese to delicious croissants, traditional handcrafts and gifts, this special cultural experience will showcase over 35 South Australian businesses bringing their French inspired specialties and services to the community.
“The aim of the Alliance Française d’Adelaide is to celebrate cultural diversity so everyone is welcome during our French Christmas Market”, says Jean Christophe Trentinella, Director of the Alliance Française d’Adelaide.
- Date: Friday 28th November from 5pm until 12am, and Saturday 29th from 10am until 10pm.
- Location: Soldiers Memorial Garden, Unley
- Entry: Free