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Bastille Day Celebration


Bastille Day in New York City is one of the largest and most successful celebrations of French culture outside of France. The national holiday is celebrated in France on July 14th each year, marking the anniversary of the storming of the Bastille and the beginning of the French. 

General Consul Jérémie Robert at Bastille Day New York City

This year, the Consulate General of France in New York has proudly for the third consecutive year, marked the French National Day by organizing Bastille Day. Indeed on July 13th in the heart of the iconic Central Park, Rumsey field the consulate invited everyone to take part in the French national holiday while enjoying an exceptional free summer stage concert of urban and pop music, as well as break dance.  In partnership with the Committee of French and French-Language Associations of New York (CAFUSA) curious outsiders, visitors, family, friends and of course the French community experienced French music and culture in an exceptional setting and festive, lively atmosphere with pop and hip-hop vibes.

On this sunny day with a temperature sizzling almost 90 degree, Bastille Day without a doubt was a great success. Despite the heavy heat, central Park was packed with nearly 7,000 attendees who came out gathered to celebrate this FREE show ready to dance all night.

The Consulate General of France supported by prestigious partners such as L’Oréal, Tiffany and Tikehau Capital, offered a diversified and thrilling program during the Bastille Day evening.

Several French talents rocked the house. They set the stage alight and electrified the audience with their exceptional performances.  Adèle Castillon, a singer of the new French pop scene made us rediscovered her first hits, such as the famous Amour plastique, as well as songs from her new album. The famous French-Congolese rapper Passi rocked the house while performing his greatest hits, such as Je zappe et je mate, Face à la mer; and of course the Bisso Na Bisso group’s hits. Bénabar, the symbol of French variety, performed his own classics, including Le Diner, and covered some ‘French chanson’ essentials.

In addition, the festival presented C’WEST 44, an influential street art organization, that wowed the audience with a heartbreaking show performed by the breakdancing stars in France and young French and American talents aspiring to participate in the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. 

Joachim Garraud, a world-renowned DJ, joined Marie Berson, a DJ, singer and flautist. Their unique electro duo arouse excitement in Central Park with their tuneful beats. La fanfare des Cadets Lafayette and the singer Marie Viapiano, under the musical direction of Jacques Letalon also captivated the public with a French repertoire followed by the French and American national anthems, therefore creating a festive and patriotic atmosphere.

The Consul General of France in New York, Jérémie Robert, spoke enthusiastically about the Bastille Day event, saying: “This is the third time that we have organized this large-scale event in the heart of Central Park. A concert for more than 6,000 people is ambitious, but we are in New York: here, you have to think big! July 14 is a moment to which the French are very attached. We celebrate our culture and the values ​​that unite us. The event in Central Park allows us to associate our American friends with the celebration and to share our culture.”

Bastille Day in New York City
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