Fête de la Musique 2013
From a national day to the biggest musical event worldwide
20 - 29 June, South Africa
The Fête de la Musique is :
- a live music celebration taking place every year on 21 June in France
- a celebration of musical diversity with the Fête’s motto being Make Music !
- a series of free concerts for the public to enjoy
- hosted in a diversity of cities & places
- a platform to showcase musicians, from amateurs to professionals
Launched in France on 21 June 1982, summer solstice day, the “Fête de la Musique” is above all a free celebration of diversity through music. Staged in outdoor spaces (streets, public parks) but also bars, restaurants or museums and hospitals, this day of music promotes the expression of all styles of music in an upbeat and community driven atmosphere.
The Fete’s aim to be inclusive of diverse communites and to target people from all walks of life. The events provide a safe, tolerant and above all a fun place to communicate and share a very special moment through music.
spontaneity, accessibility, curiosity - these are the key words of this unique day.
Over the past 30 years the “Fête de la Musique” has grown from one the first global live music events to also being one of the largest. Fetes now take place on all five continents, in more than 450 cities and in 116 countries. The international growth and popularity of the evebtis the result of the succuessful outreach of the French cultural network abroad, with the support of local operators and sponsors.
In South Africa, the successful Richmond Hill Music Street Festival in Port Elizabeth (11,000 visitors in 2012), is the oldest “Fête de la Musique” in the country, celebrated since 2010. This year, the Alliance Française network in South Africa and Lesotho in partnership with the Institut Français of South Africa, will host the “Fête de la Musique” in collaboration with local partners and sponsors in a host of citiies in Southern Africa.
The Fête de la Musique will take place on 20 June in Pretoria, 21 June in Durban and Maseru, 22 June in Port Elizabeth and 29 June in Johannesburg.
The line-up includes aspecial performance of Jacaranda Muse, a jazz quartet from Zimbabwe who will tour the region, performing at all the events. In Johannesburg the Melville Fête de la Musique line up includes French jazz pianist Laurent Coq, The Muffinz, Nakhane Toure, Bongeziwe Mabandla and many others.The event in Port Elizabeth, The Richmond Hill Music Street Festival will host 20 local artists on four different stages.
For more information about the “Fête de la Musique” in South Africa and Lesotho, visit www.alliance.org.za