Fête de la Musique

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The Fête de la Musique, also known as World Music Day, is an annual music festival taking place on June 21 in cities around the world. It was created by the French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang.


In October 1981, Maurice Fleuret became Director of Music and Dance at Minister of Culture Jack Lang’s request, and applied his reflections to the musical practice and its evolution: « the music everywhere and the concert nowhere« . When he discovered, in a 1982 study on the cultural habits of the French, that five million people, one child out of two, played a musical instrument, he began to dream of a way to bring people out on the streets. It first took place in 1982 in Paris as the Fête de la Musique.

Ever since, the festival has become an international phenomenon, celebrated on the same day in more than 460 cities in 110 countries, including Germany, Italy, Egypt, Syria, Morocco, South Africa, Australia, Vietnam, Congo, Cameroon, Mauritius, Fiji, Colombia, Chile, Nepal, and Japan.

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. This is true of most participating cities, now, as well.

Despite there being a large tolerance about the performance of music by the general public of amateurs in public areas after usual hours, the noise restrictions still apply, and can cause some establishments to be forbidden to open and broadcast music out of their doors without prior authorization. So the prefectures of police in France can still forbid them to install any audio hardware in the street.[1]


The Fête de la Musique began in France and has since spread to many countries:


  1. ^ Paris, France. Marais: les gays privés de Fête de la Musique?, Tetu.com, 21 june 2008).
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  5. ^ Fête de la Musique in Belgium
  6. ^ "FĂŞte de la Musique de QuĂŠbec ĂŠdition 2013". Fetedelamusiquedequebec.com. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  7. ^ Fête de la Musique in Vancouver
  8. ^ Svjetski Dan Glazbe, Split, Croatia
  9. ^ "V Praze se představí pouliční umělci při Evropském Svátku hudby - Zprávy.rozhlas.cz - ověřené a aktuální informace 24 hodin denně, 7 dní v týdnu". Rozhlas.cz. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  10. ^ http://www.jcef-shanghai.com/nos-commissions/culturel/la-fete-de-la-musique-shanghai
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  12. ^ "Ευρωπαϊκή Γιορτή της Μουσικής Ελλάδα". Europeanmusicday.gr. 2013-04-13. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  13. ^ Alliance Francaise de Bangalore press release
  14. ^ "Festa della Musica-Europea - HOME". Festadellamusica-europea.it. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  15. ^ "Fête de la Musique | Alliance Française de la Jamaïque". Alliancefrjm.org. 2011-06-25. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
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  21. ^ "Strona główna « Święto Muzyki 2013". Swietomuzyki.pl. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  22. ^ "Bem-vindo ao Facebook - acesse, cadastre-se ou saiba mais". Pt-br.facebook.com. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  23. ^ "Fęte de la musique Genčve". W3public.ville-ge.ch. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
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  25. ^ "La FĂŞte de la Musique Ă Yverdon-les-Bains – LAFMY". Lafmy.ch. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
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  27. ^ http://www.magazinkolik.com/Haber/30292/21-HAZIRANDA-DUNYANIN-MUZIGI-TRT
  28. ^ http://www.afdubai.org/event/fete-de-la-musique/
  29. ^ "Fête de la Musique celebrations in London - France in the United Kingdom - La France au Royaume-Uni". Ambafrance-uk.org. 2007-06-19. Retrieved 2013-06-14. 
  30. ^ http://makemusicny.org
  31. ^ http://www.makemusicpasadena.org/program.php
  32. ^ http://www.laurelvillage.org/index.php/ssmf Laurel Summer Solstice Music Festival
  33. ^ http://makemusicchicago.com/
  34. ^ http://www.makemusicphilly.org
  35. ^ http://www.makemusicmadison.org/
  36. ^ http://www.afvenezuela.org/noticias/fiestadelamusica2011.html


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