Fête de la Musique is completely different to any music festival you may have experienced. Held yearly in various countries across the globe, it is a free popular fête held that is open to any participant (amateur or professional musicians) who want to perform in it – get practicing your Kumbaya rendition guys! Each year the event takes place on June 21st, the day of summer solstice in the northern hemisphere, and is a day that showcases various different styles of music and attract the young and the old, from all social backgrounds.
All musicians are asked to perform for free and as a result the concerts are free for the public so it’s a the perfect outing for the money conscious traveler. Performances are played out in open air areas such as streets, parks, buildings, museums, train stations, castles and even hospitals, ensuring a unique experience for those that go to watch and a rare opportunity for major music organisations including orchestra’s, operas and choirs to perform outside of their normal venues.
The initiative was launched in 1982 by the French Ministry for Culture but is now an international affair that spans across more than 100 countries and 430 cities around the world. Participating countries are mostly in Europe and include France, Italy, Greece, Spain, Hungary and Portugal but in recent years the event has extended to the likes of America, Australia and even Africa. The event mission is simple; to make music accessible to the masses.
The musical acts that you can expect at the events are extremely varied and obviously differ from country to country depending on the local talent but no matter what you see you can be sure of a brilliant day out and some unique and exciting acts. To unify the different world events Les Echos de la Fête is an initiative that has been introduced whereby organisers of the events are able to send pictures in real-time on June 21st which are then broadcast online and shown at a live event in Paris on that evening. So, if you’re lucky enough to be in Paris at that time you can catch all the action from around the globe – how very 2012 is that?!
If you love the spontaneity, enthusiasm and randomness of this event as much as we do check out www.fetedelamusique.culture.fr. Here you’ll find more info about the event itself and a listing of participating countries and cities.