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Vive la France at the Albert Hall

By Barcham 26 March 2013


A day long French themed festival followed by an evening of dance? Not a bad way to spend a 6th of April I’d say.

The event, which will be officially opened by the Creative Director of the Centenary of Canberra, Robyn Archer, celebrates the 70th anniversary of the Alliance Francaise de Canberra and the 90th anniversary of Telopea Park School.

The Executive Director of the Centenary, Jeremy Lasek, said highlights of the day include a tribute to Edith Piaf by international singer Vanuella Watt, displays of tango and petanque, a classic French cars exhibition and French food, cheese and wine stalls.

“The day is a vibrant and colourful reminder of the significant contribution the French community has made to Canberra since our national capital’s early days,” Mr Lasek said.

“It also celebrates two other important anniversaries – 30 years since Telopea Park School officially became a Lycee Franco-Australien, and of course Canberra’s 100th birthday.”

The dance, from 7pm, has an 18th Century theme and features displays of the ‘belle danse’, which originated at the French court of Louis XIV and is the stylistic ancestor of classical ballet. Earthly Delights and the Canberra Brass Quintet will provide the music.

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