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FETE DE LA MUSIQUE 2017
21st June 2017
Fete de la Musique
Click HERE to see the full programme (FB) for Fete de la Musique events in Perpignan or contact your local tourist office for events throughout the region.
Every year around the summer solstice, the longest day of the year, both amateur and professional musicians from all over the world perform free concerts in venues throughout France.
The festival aims to celebrate music in all forms and is open to anyone
It all began in October 1981, when Maurice Fleuret became Director of Music and Dance. He expressed the desire to “be the director of all kinds of music, from the accordion to the recording industry”.
In 1982 he made a study of the cultural habits of the French, to find that five million people – including one child out of two – played a musical instrument.
He also wanted to find a way to bring people and their music out on to the streets. Three weeks later the Fête de la Musique was born.
The musicians are both professionals and amateurs, the good, the bad and the ugly…. the festival policy being to give equal attention to all musicians, rock, jazz, folk, skunk, vocals and traditional music, all of which are given a chance to be heard alongside classical and so-called “serious” music.
If you are in France on this day it will be hard to avoid the vibrant sounds of salsa bands parading the streets, string quartets and steel bands playing on street corners and accordionists wandering among the crowds.
The event has become a social phenomenon (it even had a postage stamp devoted to it in 1998) and its success has been exported to other cities across Europe, San Francisco, New York and Manila, not to mention Brazil and Colombia.
Carnival atmosphere, food, drink and laughter, and music of all sorts in the bars and cafés, streets, squares and courtyards, this national festival is not to be missed.
Here’s a few events taking place across the region but the list is endless so contact your local tourist office if your town isn’t here!
A varied repertoire performed by accordions, guitars and violins from the local music school, followed by a choral concert, flamenco show and hip-hop demonstration from local associations, rounded off with concerts from professional musicians, Mr & Mrs Marvel, Au Petit Bonheur, Jazz en Têt and Davy Kilembe.
Across the town, from 9.30pm, discover traditional Catalan musettes (Place République), cabaret (Esplanade Charles Trenet), rock (Quai C. Colomb), Latino jazz (Place dels Balls) and much more besides.
Between the picturesque port and the Place du 18 juin (opposite the Office de Tourisme), Collioure will be host to, amongst others, a live orchestra performance and typical Catalan bands, Bizzars and Ely Buxeda.