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French Bastille Day to mark cinema release of Gainsbourg


Preview by Jack Foley

THE annual French Bastille Day summer festival will be taking place this Sunday (July 11, 2010) in Battersea Park.

And to mark the forthcoming cinema release of Gainsbourg on July 30, 2010, there will be three models dressed in the inimitable style of one of the 20th Centuries’ greatest icons: Brigitte Bardot, who was one of Serge Gainsbourg’s lovers.

The models will be dressed by Madame Tra La La in classic Bardot looks from the Bow Belles Vintage Collection and will be will be there at 2.15pm, in the central stage of the garden party near the Guingette area.

About Bastille Day in Battersea Park:

As Bastille Day actually falls on a Wednesday this year, celebrations are taking place on the preceding weekend with a typically French petanque tournament in Battersea Park, which can be enjoyed for free.

Also taking place is a French market selling village gourmet goodies. Visitors can browse the raclette, cheese and wine area and meet guest of honour Raymond Blanc.

French DJs will be putting on music throughout the day, as well as accordian music, and a cabaret show from Le Lido, full of extravagant costumes and flamboyant dancing.

There’s also a dedicated area for children, where they can get to grips with the basics of French cooking and take part in a blue, white and red balloon release.

Bastille Day at Battersea Park takes place from 10am to 6pm on Sunday, July 11, 2010. The event is free to attend.

About Gainsbourg – the movie

From visionary graphic artist and director Joann Sfar comes a completely original take on one of the world’s greatest mavericks, the illustrious and infamous Serge Gainsbourg.

Gainsbourg is an enchanting glimpse at the life of a musical icon, his early years growing up as a Jewish boy in 1940’s Nazi-occupied Paris, his wildly successful song-writing years and of course his now legendary romances with some of the era’s most famous women, Brigitte Bardot, Juliette Greco and Jane Birkin.

View the trailer