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La Fête de la Musique : a cultural and social celebration

June 17, 2014 | By francecanadaculture Ottawa

Canada will celebrate June 21st the 'Fête de la Musique', an annual music event, which was inaugurated in France during the 1980s, and has been more and more internationalized since then. Created by Maurice Fleuret and set up by Jack Lang - then French Minister for Culture - in 1982, the Fête de la Musique has evolved over the years into a true social phenomenon. The Fête de la Musique helps to give access to a general audience to cultural and artistic practices. And its 34 years-old confirms its international success !

A celebration of every music and for everyone

The Fête de la Musique is not really a festival. It is rather a large and free popular event, open to all - both amateurs and professionals - participants who want to take place in.

The celebration mixes all kinds of music and recognize all audiences. The aim of it is both popularizing the performance of music and familiarizing young and adults of all social conditions with all kinds of musical expression. It is an opportunity to dialogue freely in music.

A free and open celebration

Musicians are asked to perform for free whereever there is a gig, indoors or outdoors, and all concerts are for free. The open-air spaces - streets, squares, parks, back yards, museums, castles.. - are often the best gigs. The Fête de la Musique is also the occasion to rediscover large musical institutions (orchestras, operas, choirs, etc.) as their offer other types of music as they usually do.

Launched in France in 1982, the Fête de la Musique has quickly become an European and worldwide fête, celebrated in over 100 countries around the world each year.

While the French cultural network abroad's pulse and dynamism have strongly contributed to this international development - cultural departments of French Embassies, French institutes and centers and Alliances Françaises - numerous local actors - Ministries of culture, municipalities, regions, music professionals, artistic associations, etc. - are now involved in organizing the event. For instance, in Europe, a network of institutional operators and structures has been created and shaped the association of the European Fête de la Musique. In parallel, the initiatives are teeming even outside of this network. By adapting to the specific cultural context of each country, the Fête de la Musique has successfully invented and reinvented itself to become a truly global event.

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To join the worldwide event, please contact ADCEP.