The Fête de la Musique was created in 1982 by the cultural gouvernmental office. The 21st of June 1982, first day of summer, the festival is created making the old tradition of the “fête de la saint jean” live again.
« Faites de la musique, Fête de la Musique » , has become a formula! The festival is made for professionals and amateurs, and invites them to make them discover to all, their music. All the different types of music are welcome, would it be rock, jazz, songs, traditionnal music. It has now become a very popular event where musicians come and spontaneously start playing!
The fête de la musique starts exporting itself in 1985. It is now copied in more than one hundred countries all over the world.
Concerts are free and all over the media! A programme can be found in any local newspaper, especially if you want to see one of the massive concerts! In the laters, you might be lucky enough to hear some reknown artists, for free!
Just stroll around the different neighbourhoods in Paris, stop here and there, dance a little, stop for a drink, change neighbourhoods again etc. You will definitely find one concert that will suit your taste of the moment.
Maybe you can try sticking around the tiny improvised gigs, or on the contrary, decide, you’re just up for a big kick and go for one of the huge feasts! Either way, you can’t be disapointed.
For the occasion, the ratp (local parisian transports) are open all night long and has put in place a special fee: 3€ to go all around Paris and suburbs.
It’s time to party! Time to play music!