BRISBANE'S FRENCH FLAIR: Trois mois de fête

Brisbane's South Bank precinct has been transformed into a French-inspired cultural hub through until September 30, coinciding with the lead-up to the 2024 Paris Olympics and Paralympics. The event, dubbed Brisbane's French Quarter, aims to bring a taste of France to Queensland's capital through a variety of culinary, artistic, and cultural offerings.

The centrepiece of the festival will be a four-storey tribute to the Eiffel Tower, named Paris Tower, located in the Cultural Forecourt opposite QPAC. This structure will illuminate nightly and change colours to reflect Australian medal wins during the Olympic and Paralympic Games.

South Bank's restaurants and bars are participating with French-inspired menus and cocktails. Offerings range from cheese platters and French martinis to bottomless brunches featuring Provençal rosé. Prices for these special items vary, with cocktails starting around $15 and dining experiences reaching up to $199 per person for premium wine pairings at OTTO Ristorante.

Throughout the three months, visitors can expect to encounter roving performances, music, and themed events scattered across the precinct. The Collective Market will also adopt a French style for the duration of the festival.

The festival offers the opportunity for Brisbane residents and visitors to engage with French-inspired culture without leaving the city, boosting tourism and providing a unique experience for the local community. 

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(Images: Dino Renda)