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Festival de Victor Hugo

Sunday 14 September 2014, 12:00pm - 5:15pm
Bookings not required (Inquiries: or 03 8664 7099)
Has wheelchair access

Join us for a day of French-themed fun. Bring the family and savour festivities for the young and young at heart, including music, food, performance and craft.

Enjoy a range of activities:

  • feast on delicious French crepes
  • hear the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra’s string quartet perform
  • get creative with craft for kids or a drawing workshop
  • listen to comics and commentators in a lighthearted discussion
  • enjoy face painting, singing, dress-ups, musicians and performers

The Festival de Victor Hugo will celebrate the story, characters and culture of Les Misérables. Come dressed as a character from the story. While you’re here, visit our interactive exhibition, Victor Hugo: Les Misérables – From Page to Stage, and discover the extraordinary story behind one of the greatest novels and most popular musicals of all time.


Hugo's cafe 12–5pm

Snack on delicious French crepes from La Petite Crêperie and order a latte from Coffee on Cue, with beans roasted by Industry Beans in Fitzroy.

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra 1pm, 2pm, 3.30pm

Hear works performed by a string quartet from the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra.

Make your own Javert hat 12–5pm

Make a folded paper hat, just like Javert’s in Les Misérables.

Elephant of the Bastille 12–5pm

Help decorate a giant sculpture of the Elephant of the Bastille, a long-lost Parisian monument.

Drawing workshop: the exiled shore 1pm, 2.30pm & 4pm

Draw your own landscape using paintings in our Cowen Gallery as inspiration.

Rabble rousers: historic speeches 3pm

Watch actors Glenda Linscott and David Tredinnick perform some of history’s most provocative speeches.

Exhibition tours 1pm & 3pm

Take a curator tour of the Victor Hugo: Les Misérables – From Page to Stage exhibition.

Discussion: Revolution – why bother? 4pm

Hear commentators and comics in a lighthearted discussion on revolution – with Tony Wilson and Rod Quantock. Bookings required.

La Marseillaise 5pm

Learn to sing the revolutionary song and French national anthem, 'La Marseillaise'.

Create a French flag 12–5pm

Craft your own red, white and blue flag.

Staged photos 12–5pm

Step into a Parisian street scene and have your photo taken.

Face painting 12–5pm

Get into the festive spirit with face painting.