Monday, June 20, 2005

Fete de la Musique

Tomorrow is the Fete de la Musique in France and all around the world.

Fete de la Musique was started in France in 1982 by Maurice Fleuret, who wanted to bring music to the streets of Paris. According to the website, the celebration was started on "June 21, the day of summer solstice, a pagan night which recalls the ancient tradition of Saint John's feasts."

Professional and amateur, jazz and rock... all music has it's place on the Fete de la Musique. It's one of the charms of living in Paris.. you never know if you will pass a group of Indian musicians playing sitars, a small symphony playing Chopin, or someone standing alone with the accordion playing La Vie en Rose (okay, so you can find that one every day somewhere in Paris). It's so charming. Whatever you find along your daily path, it will add a beat to your walk.

Check out the website for concerts in your area. It's now, as I mentioned, a world wide event. It's apparently in more than 100 countries on five continents. There is even a lone concert listed for the US... in Miami.

-- said Auntie M in Paris
10:51 AM



Ahh Fete de la Musique. I really enjoyed the complete randomness of the acts. South American Indian traditonal music, followed by a hip hop group followed by a cellist.

Do the guys playing for money thrown out of windows still roam the streets of Paris?

Only one in the US? It seems like there are a number of progressive cities that would be interested in something like this here.

One more reason I miss Paris

# posted by Mike in DC : 5:09 PM  

You should see how spoilt for choice we are in La Rochelle!

# posted by Anji : 6:25 PM  

How was it?!!!

# posted by Raehan : 10:40 PM  

Mike, Yes, you'd think that the US would love to participate in this event.
Anji, It's amazing how many performances there are... even just in my arrondissement. It's wonderful. Additionally, the evening has cooled off so we can enjoy being outside.
Raehan, I'm planning to write about it tomorrow. Thanks!

# posted by Auntie M in Paris : 10:57 PM  

Ah, la FĂȘte de la Musique.

What a wonderful day in France... Something really unique when French come all together to celebrate (it's so rare).

Hope you enjoyed it !!

# posted by Jerome : 8:42 PM  

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