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Happy Bastille Day Los Angeles!

Bastille Day is the name given in English-speaking countries to the FrenchNational Day, which is celebrated on  July  14 each year. In France, it is formally called Fête Nationale (French pronunciation: ​[fɛːt nasjɔˈnal]The National Celebration) and commonly Le quatorze Juillet (French pronunciation: ​[lə.ka.tɔʁz.ʒɥiˈjɛ]the fourteenth of July).!!! ”     Wikipedia



Our best resources & finds for Bastille Day in Los Angeles!

Bastille Day Explained: http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2014/07/14/bastille-day-explainer-french-independence/12522863/

7 Spots to enjoy Bastille Day Fete: http://touch.latimes.com/#section/-1/article/p2p-80760384/

 Find more things to do to celebrate July 14 here: http://frenchmorning.com/10-lieux-feter-14-juillet-los-angeles/

Best Bastille Day Restaurants: http://www.gayot.com/restaurants/best-losangeles-ca-bastilleday_2la.html


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Highlights in Pictures of Bastille Day Los Angeles Festival

On Sunday, July 14, 2013, from noon to dusk, Angelenos celebrated the true spirit of Bastille Day all over Los Angeles!!!  Bastille Day is France’s annual tribute to the storming of the Bastille prison on  July 14, 1789, that helped spark the French Revolution.

Now in its 12th  year the Bastille Day Los Angeles Festival produced by Pascale Fortunat’s  Passions Productions under the auspices of the French Consulate of France in LA, many sponsors as well as awesome vendors from Crêpes Xpress Café, Tartine O’ Chocolat to specialty items from XX Xcessory Xtras to name just a few. Each year this festival attracts thousands and a myriad of French people in LA as well as other Francophones of all nationalities.

Held at beautiful Kenneth Hahn Recreational Park, the Festival entertainment was up to par with a variety of performers organized by entertainment director Patrice Jauffret,  Master of Ceremonies Franck Amiack & Jillie Reil, artist check-in Bruno Tuzet  & Guylaine Gamble and the wonderful sound team Allan & Michael Bell.

The event started off with the American National anthem sung a capella by Nivea Elisa Galan who first sang at the festival when she was 13 followed by Samsara 12-year-old French American who delighted us with the French Marseillaise a capella accompanied by the chorus of Plaisirs Champêtres and Yesteryears.  Samsara later performed with her father Simply Johan a few Ben l’Oncle Soul classics and the ever loved Joe Dassin’s Aux Champs Elysées.

The French Consul of Los Angeles Axel Cruau made a brief appearance to wish a Happy Bastille Day and the whole day followed suit in a spirit of conviviality, fun, and good cheer for all in the true French spirit for all!

The traditional Waiters’ Race was a huge success and great fun and another highlight of the day was Titelle’s Couture mesmerizing show of the magnificent Marianne!

We were treated to nonstop acoustic entertainment throughout the day: from Glendalf the Magician,  Excuse My French, Evyn Charles, French Cancan by Performance Ideas and Staffing, The Singer and the Songwriter,  Gal Musette, PATjE, Sylvie Alba Jones as Edith Piaf,  Tiare Nui Oro Tahitian Dance and three amazing LIVE bands Trapdoor Social, Peter Travino, and Cali Conscious.

The  Production team finale on stage resonated the day’s spirit with an ensemble rendition of Les Champs Elysées!

Here are some highlights of the day in pictures:

Photo Credits (c) Guylaine S Gamble


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Ooh La LA French Music Festival

Flashback 2011 from French Consulate on the making of  3rd Annual Ooh la LA Festival:
Website:  OohLaLA

Bastille Day Los Angeles Retrospective

A Retrospective in pictures and highlights of the 11th Annual Bastille Day Los Angeles event produced by Passions Productions and hosted by The French Connection Radio featuring the LIVE entertainment organized by Cabaret Versatile.

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French Bohême and Troubadours

2012 Bastille Day Los Angeles  Festival in its 11th year will take place at Kenneth Hahn Park 4100 South La Cienega Blvd, in Los Angeles on Sunday July 15th, 2012 from 12:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Live Entertainment  brought to you by dancer/choreographer Lola Ohlala  of  Cabaret Versatile recipient of the Best Cabaret and Variety Show of the Hollywood Fringe Festival 2012 presenting:  ‘French Bohême & Troubadours!

 Produced by Pascale Fortunat and Passions Productions.

 ‘French Bohême & Troubadours’ will include many performers such as:

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Jenny Eloise Rieu aka ‘The Lady in Red’ — a French ‘vintage singer’ as she calls herself — who will take attendees on a trip to a different time, a time where elegance and glamour came first;

Momo Casablanca, a former Cirque Du Soleil clown, taught by the legendary Marcel Marceau, who will give Angelenos a ‘French taste’ of his new one-man show including his new act: “Le poids du Monde;”


Yesteryears Dancers, an authentically costumed vintage dance troupe who will re-create court and ballroom dances from the time of Marie Antoinette, Napoleon I, and La Belle Époque and invite spectators to join in. Yesteryears dancers will perform with Les Plaisirs Champêtre, a group playing historical instruments such as vielle à roue (hurdy gurdy), musette de cour (French Baroque court bagpipe), or cornemuse (French Folk bagpipe);

Johan & The Panache Band who will embark on a mythical Old-School R&B Funk voyage of the greatest artists and invite Bastille Day participants along on the journey and on the dance floor!


Evyn Charles, a Soulful, passionate and engaging singer who delivers superb vocals, great guitar playing, and positive music with an extensive repertoire of cover songs and originals in French and English.

J.R. Black, the first performer to translate and sing the songs of Johnny Cash in French. With his full backing band, J.R. Black emulates the traditional Johnny Cash sound, from the simple bass parts to the Luther Perkins boom-chicka-boom leads, yet interprets it with a certain Gallic flair and sensitivity.

Jean-Pierre Tibi whose repertoire covers half a century of French music with songs by Edith Piaf, Yves Montand, Charles Aznavour, and many others. For the last 20 years, Jean-Pierre Tibi has been performing around Los Angeles and Santa Barbara. He will sing with his daughter Ariana Tibi who inherited her dad’s great voice;

Nathalie Alice who brings to West Coast ears an eclectic repertoire of French songs and American and Latin classics. The jazz inspired musician covers a wide array of forgotten musical greats and will surprise you with fine arrangements of Latin classics and original song;

Tim James, one of the greatest R&B performer in Los Angeles;

And of course, Cabaret Versatile’s talented dancers;


Masters of Ceremony: Bruno Tuzet and Claire Arnaud Aubour from The French Connection – Radio FR

Produced by Pascale Fortunat/ Passions Productions

Come join in the fun and experience what tens of thousands of people have been enjoying for the past decade, making this annual celebration one of the most well-attended community festivals in Los Angeles.

More Entertainment includes:

•A real Pétanque Tournament under the pine trees
•A Parisian Waiters’ Race
•Street performers
•Comedians, singers, artists
•A Fabulous Raffle
•A Unique French Arts and Crafts Fair
•French food, wines and gastronomic delights

For more info and to purchase tickets: www.bastilledaylosangeles.com

It’s Bastille Day in Los Angeles 1, 2, 3…


Los Angelenos have plenty of choices this Bastille Day week-end!  Attend one event or better yet attend all the events in the spirit of the French Revolution and France’s National Day!!!  (And of course if you are in Paris don’t miss the fireworks and the military parade and Madonna who will be performing on July 14, 2012  at the Stade de France!!!

Website/ Info FrenchTuesdays Bastille Day on Saturday July 14th, 2012

Website/Info  Bastille Day Los Angeles Festival  on Sunday July 15th, 2012

Website/Info Santa Barbara  French Festival  24th edition is back all weekend

Vive le 14 juillet!