14 December 2020
12:30 pm



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Digital Advent Calendar – Door #14: Bastille Day Festival presents “Les Douze Jours de Noël”

As proud members of Reading’s cultural community, the team behind Bastille Day Festival Reading is proud to be part of the Digital Advent Calendar project this December.

Les douze jours de Noël is a French remake of the 12 days of Christmas (English subtitles) with lyrics making the link between the singer’s journey in Reading, France and Bastille Festival.

The meaning behind the gifts for each of the days is as follow:

Day 1: One little French festival – Bastille Festival was only possible thanks to the help and support of Reading Borough Council and Reading UK CIC.
Day 2: Two countries I love – For the organisers, many of the volunteers and attendees France and the UK are both countries that are dear to us.
Day 3: Three frogs – When we organised the first festival in 2012, we were 3 organisers
Day 4: Four English friends – Many businesses supported us throughout the years but Hobbycraft, Decathlon, The Oracle and Owen’s Animals deserve a special mention
Day 5: Five hula hoop – First festival organised the same year as the Olympics in London and we had the torch as a guest to our sporting activities
Day 6: Six petanque balls – A boule sport that is always welcome during Bastille
Day 7: Seven face painting pots – We can always count on Hobbycraft for amazing crafting activities including face painting
Day 8: Eight cancan dancers – One of the latest additions to the festival thanks to Santa Maria Belly Dance, but definitely not the last
Day 9: Nine folkloric dancers – Aldbrickham Clog and Step dancers have always turned to remind us of the common origin between French and British folkloric dance moves
Day 10: Ten bakers’ confections – Master crepes, Claude Boulangerie et patisserie, and many more are always there to brought us some delicious and sweet food
Day 11: Eleven cooked cold meats – stand holders such as Deliciously French, La Ferme for food and Pimento, Time for a drink are there to remind us that sweets are even more enjoyable after some savoury food accompanied with drinks
Day 12: Twelve singers – British or French singers such as Muriele and Elodie are stars that let Bastille Day Festival Reading shine every year, including this year despite Covid-19 thanks to this Digital Advent Calendar project.

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