FIAF’s popular Bastille Day celebration is back in person, happening for the first time on New York’s famed Madison Avenue!
Abounding with French cuisine, musique, dance, and myriad attractions for the whole family, this fête populaire invites New Yorkers to revel in the flavors, sounds, and joie de vivre of France.
For over 20 years, FIAF has hosted the city’s largest celebration of France’s national holiday, Bastille Day on 60th Street. This year’s event will expand to Madison Avenue and include live music and dance performances, wine and champagne tastings, a sneak preview screening of Azuro, fun activities in French for kids and adults, a chance to win a dream getaway to France’s Occitanie region and other exciting prizes, and more than 40 booths showcasing the best of French food and Francophone culture.
Come celebrate with us on Sunday, July 10, from noon to 5pm!
June 14—July 14, 2022
Winners announced online on Friday, July 15 at 3pm ET
Grand Prize – France’s Occitanie Region Getaway for Two!
La Maison de la Région Occitanie in New York is excited to offer a beautiful travel getaway for two to France’s Occitanie region. The prize includes two round-trip plane tickets to Toulouse, two nights at the historic 4-star l’Abbaye des Capucins, and a private tour and wine tasting at the Domaine Labastidum given by the vineyard’s owners.
In addition to this grand prize, more that 25 exciting lots will be raffled off including the two premiere prizes: A Luxury Stay for Two at Sofitel New York, and a FIAF Premier Membership & French Class Package!View List of Winners
Summer in the South of France Tasting
FIAF Tinker Auditorium, 22 East 60th Street, NYC
Renowned for their fantastic wines, discover the flavors of France’s Occitanie region at this festive tasting inside FIAF. Featuring wines from Maison Antech, Château Maris, and Château Haut-Blanville, non-alcoholic wines from Le Petit Béret, zesty gazpacho from Karine & Jeff and wonderful cheese selections from cheese2u.com.Learn More
FIAF Skyroom, 22 East 60th Street, NYC
Wear your festive best and celebrate Bastille Day in style at the Champagne & Musette party in the FIAF Skyroom! Chloé Perrier & the French Heart Jazz band take us back to old Paris for “un air de musette” in the spirit of Edith Piaf, Josephine Baker, Charles Trenet and more. It’s the perfect lively accompaniment to a selection of premier Champagnes from Billecart Salmon, Delamotte, and Henriot, as well as delicious macarons from Thierry Atlan, and savory hors d’oeuvres from Miss Madeleine!Learn More
Main Stage, 59th Street and Madison Avenue
Free and open to all
Exciting live performances on the Bastille Day Main Stage, down the street from FIAF’s Florence Gould Hall, include roots/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 preview excerpt from the hit French musical Notre Dame de Paris a week before it makes its debut at Lincoln Center.
With emcee: Chandler Dean
1–1:30pm — Exclusive Preview from the Notre Dame de Paris Musical
Faithful to Victor Hugo’s classic novel, Notre Dame de Paris tells on a grand scale the emotionally charged love story of the hunchbacked cathedral bell-ringer, Quasimodo, and his unwavering devotion to the beautiful Esmeralda.
Written by Luc Plamondon, composed by Richard Cocciante and directed by Gilles Maheu, Notre Dame de Paris captures the passion and complexities of being in love through thrilling music and powerful emotion. The acrobatic, energetic and contemporary choreography by Martino Müller beautifully contrasts with the intense moments unfolding in front of the iconic French cathedral.
Angelo del Vecchio…Quasimodo
Gian Marco Schiaretti…Gringoire
Nicolas Talar & Charles Talar…Producer, Enzo Productions
Adam Blanshay…Producer, Adam Blanshay Productions
Learn more at notredamedeparis.com
1:45–2:25pm — Dance Performance by Cal Hunt and STOD
FIAF is delighted to welcome back Cal Hunt for a dance performance. He will be joined on stage by Jani Perry, Niyla Henderson, Isaac Ludgate, and Colby White of the STOD (Survive Through Our Dance) team. Their incredible stylistic range will be exhibited as they engage in a dynamic dance “battle.” In a fierce competition to display their physicality and technique, each dancer twists, turns, and jumps beyond the expectations of his opponents and the audience.
Born and raised in Brooklyn, dancer Cal Hunt has been performing in the flex dance style for fourteen years. Following his debut in the Flexn Show at the Park Avenue Armory in 2015, he began touring internationally with The D.R.E.A.M. Ring (Dance Rules Everything Around Me) through England, France, Germany, and Australia, among other countries. After performing at the Opera National de Paris in Les Indes Galantes, Cal aims to show the world his life through dance with a mission to promote a common language that brings people together.
STOD is a team of young, flex dancers hailing from the tri-state area and around the world: France, Belgium, Switzerland, Brazil, Germany, Egypt, Venezuela, Russia, Sudan and the UK.
3–3:45pm — Musical Performance by Paul Beaubrun and His Band
Paul Beaubrun will be joined by drummer and electronic music producer Morgan Zwerlein, drummer and singer/songwriter Peter Barr, and musician and songwriter Chico Boyer. Paul Beaubrun delivers a live music performance in his signature “Roots/Blues” style. Blending English, French and Creole, the artists present a program that demonstrates the richness of Haitian musical tradition.
Musician Paul Beaubrun has spent his life living to the beat. Moving to New York from Haiti as a youth, he was inspired by his heritage to begin crafting a unique and transfixing sound all his own. His “Roots/Blues” sound weaves together his impeccable guitar skills, rich vocals, musical ingenuity and cultural history, all while using a smooth mélange of both English, French and Creole. Constantly aware of his roots, the struggle of an immigrant and the drive of New York life, Paul began to create a path where music, activism and history meet. He became an integral part of Artists for Peace and Justice, allowing Paul to do what he loves: play music while also furthering awareness of Haitian art, culture and promoting the incredible talent of Haiti’s youth.
Photo by Daniela Vesco.
Learn more at paulbeaubrun.com/
4–5pm — Dance Party with DJ Orson
Originating from Paris, Orson spent his early years in the backroom of Parisian nightclubs before migrating to New York. Now a mainstay figure in the local scene, he focuses on curating experiences that reflect his specific vision of nightlife. Classically trained in his youth and following extensive studies in musicology as well as the practice of research in several music technology fields, Orson focuses on blending beefed up historic east coast disco with fantasized futuristic sounds and modern textural work while preserving a characteristic focus contextualization and his surroundings.
Emcee: Chandler Dean
Chandler Dean is a comedian and speechwriter whose work has been featured in The New Yorker, The New York Times, and Vulture. Dean has previously worked for Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Late Night with Seth Meyers, and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He currently hosts and produces SpeakEasy, West Wing Writer’s bimonthly speechwriting comedy show at Caveat.
Fun Activities in French
1–4pm • Free!
FIAF Language Center Booth, On Madison Avenue, between 59th and 60th Street, NYC
Instructors from FIAF’s Language Center will lead this year’s selection of fun activities in French. Children enjoy a Tour de France-themed arts and crafts corner including coloring and crafting paper bicycles. Adults are invited to participate in a lively French trivia contest to win prizes.
Sneak Preview Screening: Azuro
FIAF Florence Gould Hall, 55 East 59th Street, NYC
In French with English subtitles
In this exclusive preview screening of Matthieu Rozé’s Azuro, starring Valérie Donzelli, a group of close friends are enjoying their annual summer vacation on the Mediterranean’s Blue Coast, just south-west of Marseille. Everything has the familiar feeling of past summers until an unexpected, seductive stranger arrives. The friends’ boring daily routines suddenly become more adventurous, challenging the group dynamics.
Connected to the CinéSalon series Valérie Donzelli: The Triple Threat.Learn More
The French Garden
On Madison Avenue, between 60th and 61st Street, NYC
Stop by our premier area showcasing luxury fashion, accessories, food, and travel brands including Thermomix, Thierry Atlan, Stephane Koerwyn, and in collaboration with French Wink, Angelina Paris, Bichon, OCabanon, Oliviers & Co, Opinel, Payot, Silpat, and Tissage Moutet.
On Madison, between 60th and 63rd Street, NYC
More than 40 top purveyors of French food, beauty, fashion, culture, and travel will be featured at this year’s Bastille Day fête including Brasserie Cognac, Maman Bakery, Mille-feuille Bakery Cafe, Hanami Designs, Barachou, Miss Madeleine, and many more!
FIAF Info & Ticket Booths
On Madison, between 60th and 63rd Street, NYC
FIAF is New York’s premier center for French language and Francophone cultures. Visit one of our info booths to learn more about FIAF membership benefits, French classes for kids and adults, our onsite and digital Library, upcoming film screenings, performances, and more.
Stop by the FIAF Info Booths to learn more about FIAF, and get 10% off French classes and memberships in honor of Bastille Day!
You can also purchase your tickets for the prize drawing, Champagne & Musette Party, and Summer in the South of France Tasting at these booths.
The Celebration Continues on Madison Avenue
Visit select stores from 59th Street to 64th Street for more Bastille Day Fun!
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to become a sponsor, rent a booth, or if you have any questions.