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The event of the Festival of Music takes place at the end of June each year and brings together various artists and passers-by in the streets of Paris.

But do you know since when this event exists and how is it going ?

The creation of the Festival of Music and its political context.

It was in 1981 with the Minister Jack Lang that was born the idea of an event that brings together all types of music “without a hierarchy of gender and origins”.

In 1982, a study on the cultural practices of the French is conducted through the Ministry of Culture and reveals that 5 million French or one in two people practice a musical instrument. A large free popular event is then imagined bringing together all the French artists and musicians to make themselves known.

The first edition of the Festival of the Music will take place on June 21, 1982.

The unfolding and the preparation of the Festival of Music

The event then takes place in haste. Hundreds of posters are printed and the various actors of the social and cultural life are mobilized.

Many beginers musicians and professional musicians perform in the streets, squares… everywhere in France late into the night in a good spirit and offering rock music, jazz, French and international variety …

The concept of this event was exported in 1985 abroad during the European Year of Music.

The International Music Festival

In less than ten years the Festival of Music is present on 5 continents in 85 countries and 120 countries in 2017!
A postage stamp is even dedicated to this event in 1998.

This event takes place even in hospitals, associations and prisons …

It gives a revival to traditional and contemporary music and highlights cultural practices and the exchange between artists and the public.

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Fête de la musique in Paris

fête de la musique

For the last 35 years in France, the 21st June is not just the longest day of the year but also the day of the fête de la musique. This “festival of music” is no ordinary festival. Created in France in 1982, it has been taken up by neighbouring countries where it has been just as successful. Music takes over the city’s streets, with live bands, singers, amateur musicians, drummers, DJs and so on scattered throughout the city, expressing themselves through music and inviting the crowd to enjoy themselves.

For its 35th edition, the Fête de la Musique fills the streets with music on the theme ‘music is more powerful than’. Well-known and upcoming artists fill streets, museums, gardens, bars, restaurants and churches in Paris and play all types of music for the public. A snapshot of not-to-be-missed concerts for this 2016 edition:

  • The Saint Eustache 36-hour festival
  • Orchestre de Paris at the Pyramide du Louvre
  • Oriental rock at the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme
  • Electro party at Montmartre

Source : Parisinfo.com

Paris welcomes in the summer to the sound of music ! See the full programme on the website of the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication : culturecommunication.gouv.fr