The French Cultural Center’s 37th Bastille Day Party returns to Marlborough Street for what promises to be the celebration of the summer! Notably the largest Bastille Day Party in the U.S., this year’s line-up, programmed by World Music/CRASHarts, Inc., features two incredible francophone acts: Award winning Modern African Instrumentalist, Diblo Dibala, known as the fastest guitarist from Congo and Sarazino, presenting a musical melting pot of roots reggae and Latin grooves with Arabic and West African flavors spicing up the mix. Back Bay's beautiful Marlborough Street will be blocked off between Berkeley and Clarendon Streets to accommodate 2,000 revelers dancing in the street. French food and drinks will be available for sale from area restaurants, making this the only street party of its kind in Boston. The French Cultural Center’s Bastille Day Party is sponsored by Natixis Global Asset Management and will be a celebration in true French style with live music and dancing in celebration of freedom, community, cultural diversity, and friendship between nations.
About Bastille Day
Bastille Day, France's national holiday, is celebrated on July 14th, commemorating the storming of the Bastille prison on that day in 1789. The holiday celebrates the people's uprising against the monarchy and espouses the three pillars of the French republic: Liberty, Equality, and Fraternity.
About the French Cultural Center
The French Cultural Center is THE center for francophone culture in New England.
Our library houses the second largest private collection of French books, periodicals, DVDs, and CDs available in the US. Our school, a member of the Alliance Française network, offers language classes and programs for adults and children, such as seasonal sessions, immersion programs, intensive weeks, Summer camp and private lessons. As the center of French culture in Boston, we host frequent cultural events featuring exceptional guests and showcasing francophone culture through art exhibitions, lectures, concerts, cooking demonstrations, wine tastings, holiday celebrations. Our members enjoy many benefits such as reduced event admission, free Wi-Fi, MFA passes and various discounts at retailers and restaurants through our Club Avantage program.