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Fête de la Musique

Music

Fête de la Musique is the largest international live music event in the world! Developed by the French Government in 1982, Fête is held in over 700 cities across the globe on the very same day each year -– 21 June. The aim of the event is to make music everywhere, to celebrate music and to expose as many people to music as possible.

An International Charter is the common link for more than 110 countries that participate in this music event. Musicians and venues donate their time for free, supported by a small army of volunteers, all in the spirit of making and celebrating music.

Fête de la Musique provides a performance platform for all people who love making music: whether a professional musician who has been playing for years or an aspiring performer who is looking for a chance to try out their skills.

The idea was first broached in 1976 by American musician Joel Cohen, then employed by the national French radio station France Musique.

Cohen proposed an all-night music celebration at the moment of the summer solstice. The idea was taken up by French Music and Dance director Maurice Fleuret for Minister of Culture Jack Lang in 1981 and first took place in 1982 in Paris.

Its purpose is to promote music in two ways:

• Amateur and professional musicians are encouraged to perform in the streets. The slogan Faites de la musique (Make music), a homophone of Fête de la Musique, is used to promote this goal.

• Many free concerts are organized, making all genres of music accessible to the public. Two of the caveats to being sanctioned by the official Fête de la Musique organization in Paris are that all concerts must be free to the public, and all performers donate their time for free.