A French tradition, a world-wide success, a music celebration!
Every year, on the day of the summer solstice, the people of France descend into the streets by the thousands for an all-night celebration of music. Created in 1982 with the help of French Minister of Culture, Jacques Lang, to promote music of all genres, accessible by all and performed in the streets, the “Fete de la Musique” has become an international phenomenon. The title of the event is a play on words that became its very own slogan - “Fete de la Musique” or Festival of Music, sounds like “faites de la musique” which means simply, “make music”.
Hundreds of musicians gather in the streets, bars, and cafes all over France, giving free performances of everything from jazz, rock, hip-hop to electronic and world music. If you happen to be in France on June 21st, you won’t miss this spirited event. The mood is fun and light and there’s music in the air at every corner - what better way to experience the villages and neighborhoods of France like a real local!
In 1985, the festival spread to other European countries in honor of the “European Year of Music”, and fifteen years later, the Fete de la Musique expanded to more than 100 countries on 5 continents! The themes change from year to year. This year’s theme is “Musique au feminin” inspired by female musicians, composers and vocalists around the world, from long ago to the present time. Their creativity, their battles, their profound truth and their repertoires will be honored on June 21, 2010.
Vive la musique!!
For more information about Fete de la Musique 2010, visit their website.