June 21: ‘Fête de la Musique’ in France



2016 marks the 35th anniversary of ‘La Fête de la Musique’ (also known as ‘Faites de la Musique (lit. Make some music), a celebration of music on the summer solstice throughout the France (and many countries around the world) on coin (m.) de rues (street corners), café terraces, cours (f.) intérieures (courtyards), parks and pubic gardens, bars and stage theaters, from windows and balcons (m.) privés (private balconies). Its main goal is to provide an opportunity for all amateur musicians to perform in public and for all to revel in communion under the spirit of music.

Arguably, the magic draw of the Fête de la Musique is the mixture of surprises, insolite (unusual, quirky) experiences, where one stumbles upon unexpected situations where the audience, the interaction of performers, and the effects of never heard before music binds people together.

There are also large scènes (f.) (stages) for professional artists on the main places (f.) (squares) of cities. In Paris, thousands of people gather on Place de la Bastille, Place de la République, Place Denfert-Rochereau, Nation for rock, indie, electro music and more. Classical music lovers typically gather at museums (Le Louvre, Musée d’Orsay), the Archives Nationales, the Palais Royal, or Porte de Pantin.

For the occasion, the RATP (Paris public transport) offers a €3.50 ticket for unlimited travel, exceptionally open the whole night.

Here is the French Ministry of Culture link to the map of main events in Paris and throughout France.  You might find some music that you like and practice your French by watching a video on Youtube that shows the lyrics like the one linked below from performer Marvin Jouno, who will be participating in the Fête de la Musique tomorrow at the Palais Royale in Paris.

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