Fête de la Musique
- This article refers to a music festival which began in France June 21,1982 and is now celebrated around the world.
The Fête de la Musique', also known as World Music Day, is a music festival taking place on June 21. World Music Day is a day on which the world celebrates the magical gift of music.
The idea of the World Music Day was conceptualized first in France in 1976 by American musician Joel Cohen who proposed an all-night music celebration to mark the beginning of the summer solstice.
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, Australia, Vietnam, Congo, Cameroon, 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.
In 2011, the festival utilized online booking site Gigmaven to organize its performers.
The Fête de la Musique began in France and has since spread to many countries:
- Armenia (Yerevan)
- Argentina (is celebrated on September 21 because is the first day of the spring)
- Australia (Brisbane)
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
- Cambodia (Siem Reap)
- Czech republic
- People's Republic of China
- Colombia
- Costa Rica
- Ecuador
- Iraqi Kurdistan (Sulaymaniyah),
- Israel (Jerusalem and Beer-Sheva)
- Jordan
- Malaysia
- Maldives
- Mauritius
- Morocco
- Netherlands (Eindhoven)
- Pakistan
- Romania
- Serbia
- Sri Lanka
- Trinidad and Tobago
- the United Kingdom (Glasgow, Edinburgh and London)
- the United States
- New York City has held Make Music New York since 2007
- Massachusetts held its first festival in 2008 with the Make Music Cambridge event, transforming plazas, patios and alleys around Harvard Square into platforms for hundreds of amateur and professional musicians.
- Pasadena, California with the Make Music Pasadena event.
- Oakland, California with the Laurel Summer Solstice Music Festival in the Laurel District neighborhood of Oakland.
- Peru
- Paris, France. Marais: les gays privés de Fête de la Musique?, Tetu.com, 21 june 2008).
- Fête de la Musique in Brisbane
- Fête de la Musique in Belgium
- Fête de la Musique in Vancouver
- Alliance Francaise de Bangalore press release
- Fête de la Musique in Belgium
- The French Culture Ministry's website on the Fête de la Musique (in French, international section also available in English)
- Fête de la Musique in Germany
- Fête de la Musique in Luxembourg
- Fête de la Musique in the Netherlands
- Lively street music festival held every June 21st in Paris
- At the Fête de la Musique in Paris
- European Music Day International website in English and French
- Fête de la Musique in Vancouver, British Columbia
- Fête de la Musique in Sacramento California
- Fête de la Musique in Oakland, California
- World Music Day in Nairobi
- World Music Day in Uganda
- Fête de la Musique on Pinoybanda.com
- Fête de la Musique 2007 in Manila, Philippines
- Fête de la Musique 2008 in Albion, Michigan
- Fête de la Musique in Quebec City, Quebec
- Fête de la Musique in Brisbane, Australia
- Pilani Rajasthan Shridhar University Date with Fete de la Musique World Music Day
- Fête de la Musique in Caracas, Venezuela