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So June 21st is coming up it’s not just the longest day of the year – In France, it’s Fête de la Musique!!!

So June 21st is coming up it’s not just the longest day of the year –

In France, it’s Fête de la Musique!!!

 Get your dancing shoes on … (and your rain coats too because it has often been celebrated in the rain, I don’t know why). Come rain or shine though most towns of France block off their streets for groups to play starting usually in the late afternoon and roll into the wee hours of the next day. All kind of groups on the same road come together to play. You could have Heavy Metal and Classical music meters away from each, the beauty of the day.

Here’s The True Story of La Fete de la Musique …

I have just read the history of the first Fête de la Musique. I have always heard that Jack Lang, Minister of Culture, imagined it and started it in 1982 but if fact it is Joel Cohen, an American musician that had the idea first!! We’re so good!!

In 1976 Joel Cohen was working for Radio France – France Musique and he suggested for the Radio France stations to hold “Saturnales de la Musique” on the two solstices of the year June 21st and December 21st.

Toulouse, La Cité Rose, held the first edition.

Jack Lang did finally thank Joel Cohen for his idea in 2015.

Since 2011, “La Fête de la Musique” has gone viral and in less than 30 years (seems pretty long) over 120 countries on the 5 continents celebrate Music on June 21st.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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La Fête de la musique a lieu à travers le monde le 21 juin (date qui coïncide le plus souvent avec le premier jour de l’été dans l’hémisphère nord), principalement le soir et la nuit jusqu’au lendemain matin. Elle est actuellement célébrée (pour le moment) dans une centaine de pays. Divers festivals de musique locaux qui se déroulaient ce jour de solstice participent aujourd’hui à cette fête populaire.

Elle est parfois connue aussi sous le nom World Music Day (Journée mondiale de la Musique) bien que le nom français soit aussi souvent utilisé dans certains pays anglophones (en même temps que Make Music!, traduction littérale de « Faites de la musique ! ») ou germanophones, ou bien sous des noms traduits littéralement comme Fiesta de la Música (espagnol), Festa della Musica (italien), Święto Muzyki (polonais), Praznik Muzike (bosnien) ou encore Dünya Müzik Günü (turc), avec des logos similaires graphiquement à ceux utilisés en France pour les festivités affiliées au programme français.

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