It’s almost time for la Fête de la Musique 2012. (Update: Here’s the link for all the Fête de la Musique events for 2013.) It started in 1982 when culture minister Jack Lang examined a study that showed that 5 million French people, including one young person in two, played a musical instrument. He mused “la musique partout et le concert nulle part” which means “music everywhere and concerts nowhere.”
Lang came up with a plan to get all those musicians and their instruments out of their homes and into the street. Within a few weeks, he put together the first Fête de la Musique. He picked June 21 as it’s the summer solstice, and thus the longest day of the year.
The promotional slogan was a play on words: Faites de la Musique, Fête de la Musique. In French, the two phrases sound alike (fet duh lah muzeek) but it basically means “make music, celebrate music.”
It was a huge success. Since then, it has become an annual event and spread around the globe. It embraces all sorts of musical genres, from high brow to high volume. All sorts of musicians put on a great show, hoping to be discovered on that magical night. Check it out, you might hear the next Zaz, one of my favorite young musicians who started as a street musician.
- Fête de la Musique 2013 in Geneva this weekend (livingingeneva.wordpress.com)
- Music at the Streets: Fete de la Musique 2013 (cyrilconstantino.wordpress.com)
- Fête de la Musique / World Music Day | 21st of June 2013, CASTRIES (afsaintlucia.wordpress.com)
- World Music Day – Fête de la Musique (abambabegatien.wordpress.com)
- Fête de la Musique at Ayala today (manilastandardtoday.com)
- “Fête de la Musique” International Music Day 2013 lands in Siem Reap… (cambodiapropertyfinder.wordpress.com)