On June 21st, Paris, like all of France, celebrates the Fête de la Musique, also known as World Music Day. Generally starting in the late afternoon or early evening, festivities kick off with concerts on nearly every corner, going until the wee hours of the morning. Special events take place all over the City of Light, with
Imagined by French Minister of Culture Jack Lang and Director of Music and Dance Maurice Fleuret, the Fête de la Musique was first celebrated in 1982 in Paris. Created as a way to encourage and celebrate those who played music in addition to simply celebrating the art form, the event takes place every year on the first day of summer (the summer solstice), June 21st. This fête for music makers and lovers has since become an international event with over 120 countries participating.
In its city of origin, every June 21st, music floods the French capital. An acclaimed orchestra plays under the Louvre Pyramid, international jazz musicians entertain those strolling through the park, amateur rock bands perform in bars, and local DJ’s keep Parisians dancing all night long in the streets. Wherever you go in the city, you’re surrounded by music and immersed in joyful, exuberant energy.
To me at least, this annual event epitomizes the French’s love of culture as well as their joie de vivre. On this one day, Parisians are all smiles and just let loose, dancing their hearts out, singing at the top of their lungs, or otherwise enjoying and participating in the country-wide music festival. As an avid Francophile and music lover, it’s probably my favorite day of the year.
Fête de la Musique events take place throughout France and in every Paris neighborhood, typically starting around 5 pm and ending around 2
Bonne fête !