The Bastille celebration returns to the Upper East Side on Sunday


UPPER EAST SIDE, NY – The French Institute Alliance Françoise’s July 14th celebration returns in person on Sunday for the first time since the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic. From noon to 5:30 p.m., people can enjoy a myriad of attractions on Madison Avenue, from 59th to 63rd Street.

Throughout the day, there will be free musical performances on 59th Street, down the street from FIAF’s Florence Gould Hall, the French language and cultural center theater on 55 East.

Chandler Dean will host the event, which will feature roots and blues singer Paul Beaubrun and his band, a flex-style dance performance by Cal Hunt with street dancers, a dance party with DJ Orson and a special clip from the musical French hit “Notre Dame de Paris,” a week before the show debuts at Lincoln Center.

While listening to music, attendees can stop by The French Garden, a showcase of luxury fashion and accessories, food and travel from brands Thermonix, Thierry Atlan and Stephane Koerwyn in collaboration with French Wink, Angelina Paris, Bichon, OCabanon, Opinel, Payot, Silpat, Tissage Moutet and Oliviers & Co. from 60th to 61st streets.

Francophiles will also have the opportunity to discover kitchen, beauty, fashion, culture and travel items from more than 40 major French suppliers, including Brasserie Cognac, Maman Bakery, Mille-feuille Bakery Cafe, Hanami Designs, Barachou and Miss Madeleine. from 60th to 63rd Street.

FIAF will also offer an on-site digital library and ticket office on 60th to 63rd Street for those interested in becoming a member (10% discount for July 14), which includes French lessons for children and adults, and information on upcoming screenings, performances and more. programs.

From 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at FIAF Tinker Auditorium, located at 22 East 60th St., there will be a wine and cheese tasting. Guests will have the opportunity to discover renowned wines from the French region of Occitanie from Maison Antech, Château Maris and Château Haut-Blanville and non-alcoholic wines from Petit Béret. There will also be cheese selections from and tangy gazpacho from Karine & Jeff.

Kids will enjoy a free Tour de France-themed arts and crafts corner between 59th and 60th streets at the FIAF Language Center kiosk, where instructors will lead coloring and cycling activities in paper in French from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Adults can join in the fun. and take part in an animated French trivia game and even win prizes.

Guests can celebrate July 14 in style at a Champagne & Musette (bagpipes) party from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. at FIAF Skyroom, located at 22 East 60th St. and listen to Chloé Perrier and the band French Heart Jazz while take us back to the Paris of yesteryear with music from Edith Piaf to Josephine Baker to Charles Trenet and more.

A selection of Billecart Salmon, Delamotte and Henriot champagnes, as well as delicious macaroons from Thierry Atlan and savory hors d’oeuvres from Miss Madeleine will be available.

Film buffs can also attend a preview screening of “Azuro” at the Florence Gould theater at 5:30 p.m. The film, in French and with English subtitles, stars Valérie Donzelli.

Matthieu Rozé’s film tells the story of friends on their annual summer vacation, just southwest of Marseille, whose group dynamics are turned upside down when an attractive stranger arrives, making their Mediterranean holiday routine anything but boring. .

There’s also a dream getaway for two online in the French region of Occitanie, which people have until July 14 to sign up for. Visit to find out more about the celebration or the grand prize, which will be announced on July 15.


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