Fete de la Musique began as a music festival in Paris, France, and has since spread across the world and is one of the largest music festivals shared across borders. Though it is categorized as a music festival, it is nothing like other major music festivals around the world like Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, or even Cisco Bluesfest in Ottawa, where dozens of music genres are highlighted.
Fete de la Musique Festival History and Facts
A fete, known in French as a large, outdoor celebration or party, is exactly what Fete de la Musique Festival 2016 is. It is a completely free event that opens its roster to any musician, whether professional or completely obscure musician. The original purpose of the festival, which has maintained its mandate even though it is now celebrated around the world, is to open an avenue for all people to express themselves through almost any kinds of music in a lively atmosphere. It welcomes a large crowd annually and works to promote the practice of music to all ages from all cultures and social frameworks. It offers all people the chance to communicate to each other in a musical way.
The French Ministry for Culture initiated Fete de la Musique Festival in 1982. Today, the festival is celebrated across the world in over 100 different countries on the same day: June 21. This day signifies the northern hemisphere’s summer solstice. The musical celebration has gained fame around the world, and grown on a major international level due to the many culturally focused French networks abroad that have helped arrange many of the festivals in places like Geneva, Berlin, and Shanghai, and kept the original concept of the festival. Today, most 2016 fetes are organized and carried out by local authorities including local artistic commissions, city councils, and cultural ministries.
Fete de la Musique 2016 also focuses on encouraging some of the world’s largest musical organizations, such as operas, orchestras, and professional choirs, to offer performances in unconventional locations at the various summer festivals. The idea is to promote music and encourage all people that might not otherwise engage in a professional music performance, to enjoy and appreciate all genres of music. It also fosters the idea that different geographic locales, such as suburban and urban areas, come together to experience music together and to create a situation where famous musicians and aspiring artists can come together without barriers. Today, the festival is recognized as a huge success, gaining speed in more than 100 countries in the short period of only 15 years. From San Francisco to Columbia and Africa to the united States, this incredible musical event has touch the lives of millions of musicians and music fans.
Tickets to Fete de la Musique
Forget about buying tickets to fete de la Musique 2016 because it is a free event open to all. Each of the musicians approved for the stage is asked to perform without any monetary compensation. The venues often chosen for the Fete de la Musique Festival strongly reflect the complimentary access: events debut in locations such as train stations, parks, city streets, public parks, and even castles around Europe.
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