Make some noise for the World Music Day


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fête de la musique

This Sunday it’s “La Fête de la Musique” (World Music Day) and it will swing… pulse… bring the fire, play music, anyway it will make some noise!

Celebrated worldwide, La Fête de la Musique takes place on the opening day of the Summer Solstice: June, 21st. It has been imagined in 1976 by the American musician Joel Cohen, adapted by Maurice Fleuret and implemented under the French Ministry of Culture in 1982 by Jack Lang. And yes, despite the American theory, the initiative is indeed very French!

However, it was not until 2010 for the World Music Day to become completely international. This event is now celebrated in 110 countries on the 5 continents and over 340 participating cities. Through the organization of numerous free concerts, “garage bands” and professionals, it allows a wide public to access to eclectic music.

band playing saxo, world music day
© Jean-Paul Sarrailh

In theory, it’s quite flattering. This event gives the opportunity to people to go outside, to discover new songs, to encourage bands to go on stage and more generally to animate the public space. In fact, we often have to deal with bad performances and terrible bands / performers. Add to that, the proximity of the different stages and you get a general hubbub where nothing is audible.

I can’t even remember the last time I heard some quality music. But hey, it’s still a happy mess anyway, it changes from the impersonal bars and pubs, quiet atmosphere without interpersonal interactions between the tables… La Fête de la Musique has the merit of bringing a keen interest. It may have lost in quality over the years but it remains an opportunity to have fun with friends, discover new things and simply, leaving home for a while.

b-boys breaking on the trocadero palce, paris, world music day

And indeed, I intend to be present this year. Unfortunately (or fortunately, it depends) I do not play a musical instrument and I do not have the rhythm in my blood… not easy to get away with it and produce something correct. It is therefore useless for me to try and go on stage… I chose instead to stay at my place: in front of the stage. It must be one that remains in the audience to applaud. Anyway, you are free to perform, to play on stage or in the street; you can count on me, for sure, to support you.