Launched in 1982 by the French Ministry for culture, the Fête de la Musique is held in more than hundred countries in Europe and over the world. It takes place every 21st June, the day of the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere!
Completely different from a music festival, the Fête de la Musique is above all a free popular fête, open to any participant (amateur or professional musicians) who wants to perform in it. This event allows the expression of all styles of music in a cheerful atmosphere. It aims at a large audience and gives an opportunity to communicate and share a very special moment through music.
Free popular event
The musicians are asked to perform for free, and all the concerts are free for the public. It’s the reason why they are used to play in open air areas as streets and parks or in public buildings like museums, train stations, castles… Furthermore, the Fête de la Musique is a way to encourage the major music institutions (orchestra, operas, choirs, etc.) to perform outside their usual locations.
This kind of institutions can also welcome other types of music. In this way it offers an opportunity to develop exchanges between city centers and their outlying areas, to offer concerts in hospitals or in prisons, to promote encounters and exchanges between young musicians and well-known talents.
Modern vibes with Ricard S.A Live
On June 21 on the stage of Ricard S.A Live Music, Place Denfert Rochereau from 20H00, you will be able to listen to French groups among the most promising of their generation! What do they have in common? They are all winners of the fair, that helps support the startup career and professionalism in contemporary music, which this year celebrates its 25th anniversary.
After Stuck in The Sound and Skip The Use on previous editions, this year it is the turn of Pendentif, Rocky, Odezenne and Griefjoy to rock on the Saturday night fever. And for the anniversary of the fair, exceptionally, a fifth group (soon to be announced) will join the show!
True to their reputations of researchers of talent made in France, Ricard S.A Live Music and its partner – the fair show this year their ability to place new talents on the front stage. So to all those who wish to see – and hear – the future of French music, rendezvous at Place Denfert Rochereau!
Classical music at the Louvre
Those who would like to listen to classical music during the Fête de la Musique can find their happiness… under the Louvre Pyramid, where a classical concert will be performed at 22h00.
Transparent atmosphere of the place, informal installation, magical vibes – this concert will be truly unique. After Tchaikovsky, Schumann, Mahler, Paavo Järvi will surprise his audience with another of these iconic works of the symphonic repertoire: Pictures at an Exhibition.
Maurice Ravel, a great orchestrator, has taken the music that Mussorgsky has written for piano, in tribute to his painter friend Victor Hartmann. A portrait painted with a watercolors symphony that takes surprising dimensions at the magnificent Louvre!
To dance through the whole event on the 21st of June You can check out the complete program of the Fête de la Musique here. Have fun!