Alliance Francaise French Christmas Market 2014

Fill your Citroens up with petrol and get your baguettes, cheese, lips and Champagne ready people of Unley and Adelaide for the best Christmas Market all year. Once again Alliance Francaise are holding their French Christmas Market on Unley Road at the Soldiers Memorial Garden.

These markets which last year saw over 5,000 patrons indulge in all things Frenchie and Christmasie  will again be on over two days from Friday 28th from 5pm till late and Saturday 29th from 10am to 10pm).

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The City of Unley is a proud sponsor of this event and particularly so given the historical connections between the 27th Battalion (Unley’s Own) and the Western Fields of France where many from Unley gave their life 100 years ago.

There are now only a few weeks left before the French Christmas Market officially starts. Let the countdown begin!

Driven by the success of its first French Christmas Market in December 2013, the Alliance Française d’Adelaide and its partners are now proud to announce the planning of the second French Christmas Market at Unley’s Soldiers Memorial Garden on 28 and 29 November 2014.

The aim of the French Christmas Market is to recreate a French atmosphere and endeavour to connect South Australians with everything French and having them discover what French culture is all about.

The first edition last year was a considerable success with approximately 5000 people in attendance; this year we estimate to receive between 7000 and 8000 visitors. As a family-friendly event, there will be something for everyone with live music, cooking demonstrations as well as craft and children’s activities. Again this year this will be a free event to encourage everyone to come.

As Christmas is traditionally a time where families gather to commemorate and celebrate their values, with this year’s French Christmas Market we too will commemorate and celebrate. 

On Friday 28th, the French Christmas Market will be officially opened by the Minister for Multicultural Affairs, Zoe Bettison, the Mayor of Unley, Lachlan Clyne, and the General Consul of France in Australia, Eric Berti.

Set in the beautiful and significant location of Unley Soldiers’ Memorial Gardens, the 2014 Market will then feature the South Australian premiere of the restored version of film‘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.

‘Verdun, visions d’Histoire’ is an epic silent film that recreates the 1916 Battle of Verdun, the longest and most devastating battle between France and Germany during World War One. Conceived as a pacifist statement to mark the 10th anniversary of Armistice Day, Léon Poirier’s film used soldiers and regiments based in the northern French city to realistically depict the horrors of the battlefield.

On Saturday 29th, we will celebrate more lightly with a lot of activities during the day, with 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 40 South Australian businesses bringing their French inspired specialties and services to the community.



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