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Fête de la Musique – The European & Worldwide Music Day 2012

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on June 21, 2012

Fête de la Musique

Fête de la Musique (Photo credit: r1_lita)

The Fête de la Musique, also known as World Music Day, is a music festival taking place on June 21.World Music Day is a day on which the world celebrates the magical gift of music.

The idea of the World Music Day was conceptualized first in France in 1976 by American musician Joel Cohen who proposed an all-night music celebration to mark the beginning of the summer solstice. The idea was taken up by French Music and Dance director Maurice Fleuret for Minister of Culture Jack Lang in 1981 and first took place in 1982 in Paris.

Since then, it has become a worldwide phenomenon with over 32 countries worldwide having their own celebrations in their own way, regardless of the season.

Français : Musique municipale de Limeray - Fêt...

Français : Musique municipale de Limeray – Fête de la musique 2005 au Buisson – Limeray – Indre-et-Loire – France (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Its purpose is to promote music in two ways:

Amateur and professional musicians are encouraged to perform in the streets. The slogan Faites de la musique (Make music), a homophone of Fête de la Musique, is used to promote this goal.

Many free concerts are organized, making all genres of music accessible to the public. Two of the caveats to being sanctioned by the official Fête de la Musique organization in Paris are that all concerts must be free to the public, and all performers donate their time for free. In 2011, the festival utilized online booking site Gigmaven to organize its performers.

Despite there being a large tolerance about the performance of music by the general public of amateurs in public areas after usual hours, the noise restrictions still apply, and can cause some establishments to be forbidden to open and broadcast music out of their doors without prior authorization. So the prefectures of police in France can still forbid them to install any audio hardware in the street. (Source:

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Jedes Jahr zum Sommeranfang am 21. Juni erklingt die Fête de la Musique – ­ das Fest der Musik – the European & Worldwide Music Day. Was 1982 mit der Idee des damaligen französischen Kulturministers Jack Lang, ein paar Stromanschlüssen und viel musikalischem Idealismus in Paris begann, hat sich längst zu einem globalen und populären Ereignis entwickelt.

Inzwischen verbindet Fête de la Musique die Menschen in mehr als 340 Städten weltweit, davon 60 in Europa und 22 in Deutschland (s. Berlin-Programm). Zu hören gibt es Musik aller Stilrichtungen, für das Publikum gratis, dank all der Musiker, Bands, Orchester, Chöre, Solisten und DJs, die an diesem Tag ohne Honorar auftreten. (Quelle:

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