Feel a sense of joie de vivre when the summer festival, So French So Chic, returns for its 13th year. Soak in plenty of sunshine and French culture, with contemporary music, delicious cuisine, stunning fashion and plenty of champagne. The 2024 event promises to be its biggest year yet, with additional programming like workshops and activities. The festival will kick off at Melbourne’s historic Werribee Mansion on January 14, before continuing on to a new venue in Sydney at Centennial Park on January 20.
So Frenchy So Chic
Dance under the sun with headline acts, performing live and fresh from France’s summer festival circuit. La Femme will play a “best of” repertoire at So Frenchy So Chic, after wrapping up a tour of over 25 countries. These award-winning French psych-rockers have spent over a decade making evocative music with cinematic soundscapes.
Kill The Pain, made up of Australian singer-songwriter Phoebe Killdeer and French vocalist Mélanie Pain, will ignite the stage with their sensational vocals.
Singer-songwriter Laure Briard will also perform, fresh from the release of her optimistic album, “Ne pas trop rester bleue“.
Finally, French-Australian singer-songwriter Malo’ will perform, with his summer hit “Laisse-toi tranquille” sure to light up the stage.
All that dancing around is bound to whet your appetite. Luckily there’ll be heaps of seriously delicious French cuisine on-site. Feast on oysters, macarons, mitraillettes, mussels, ratatouille, brioches, crepes, chocolate eclairs, steak frites sandwiches, croque monsieurs, almond duck liver parfait macaron and heaps more as you dance the day away.
The festival will host some incredible French restaurants from Melbourne and Sydney, including Frederic, L’Hotel Gitan, Loulou and Bouillon Entrecôte. You can also pre-order charcuterie and cheese hampers ahead of the festival, so that you can enjoy a perfectly elegant pique-nique.
Quench your thirst with a curated selection of both French and local wines. There will also be bubbles from Champagne Lanson, one of the oldest Champagne Houses in France.
This year, there will be additional workshops and activities to keep you entertained. Learn all about wines with an ex-sommelier of France Soir, try a hands-on studio experience and discover the art of ceramics, learn French in a 30-minute masterclass, and compete in a grand pétanque tournament.
The kids will also have fun, with arts and crafts, face painting, magic, mime classes and music initiations.
All workshops and activities are included with general admission tickets. The full program will be announced on December 1.Limited tickets are on sale now.