Faites de la Musique, Fête de la Musique

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.”

La fête de la musique 2011 à Brest.

La fête de la musique 2011 à Brest. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.


About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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4 Responses to Faites de la Musique, Fête de la Musique

  1. Michel says:

    I guess I miss Canada as much as you miss France.

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