Special Events | Bastille Day 2011

Bastille Day 2011

Event Information

Friday, Jul 15, 2011
6:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Marlborough Street (between Berkeley & Clarendon)
Boston, MA 02116

For information, contact us at 617.912.0400

Tickets: Follow link on right.
$28 in advance
$35 day of event (subject to availability)

This is a popular event – tickets go quickly!

Gates open at 6:00pm. Cash bar only. Music ends at 10:00 pm. This is a rain or shine event. Tickets are non-refundable.

Event Description

The  French Cultural Center's 36th Bastille Day Party returns to Marlborough Street for what promises to be the celebration of the summer! This year’s line-up, programmed by World Music/CRASHarts, Inc., features two incredible francophone acts: Yoro Ndiaye and his Afro-pop band, with their dazzling new take on Senegal's popular mbalax dance music, and Rupa & the April Fishes, whose music echoes with influences of French chanson, Argentinean tango, Gypsy swing, American folk, Latin cumbias, and even Indian ragas.

Back Bay's beautiful Marlborough Street will be blocked off between Berkeley and Clarendon Streets to accommodate 2,000 revelers dancing in the street. 

Delicious French food and drinks, including beer & wine, will be available for sale.

The French Cultural Center Bastille Day will be a party in true French style with live music and dancing in celebration of freedom, community, cultural diversity, and friendship between nations.


About Yoro Ndiaye

At an early age, Yoro Ndiaye used to hide in his father’s joinery workshop to create his own hand-made guitars. As his love for music grew, Yoro decided to pursue music full time and dropped out of school one year before graduating from university to begin his solo career. Performing with only his guitar, he travelled throughout the center of Senegal, where he built a significant fan base. Yoro has since become a phenomenon in Senegal and he is now considered by his peers to be a leader of the new generation of Senegalese music.
Yoro Ndiaye's video "Confiance"


About Rupa & the April Fishes

Photo: Hilary Hulteen

Rupa & The April Fishes is led by a young woman of Indian heritage whose nomadic upbringing and dual life as a musician and a doctor has led her to explore issues of identity and borders. Though Rupa was born in the Bay Area, her parents sent her and her older brother back to India when she was four years old. When she was ten years old, her parents fell in love with southern France and her family moved to Aix-en-Provence.As a songwriter, she began writing in French to explore music through the sound of the words and the melody inherent in the language. Their Bastille Day performance will feature their French repertoire, celebrating the mélange of cultures in the francophone world.
Rupa & the April Fishes' video "Une Américaine à Paris"


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.

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