Completely different from a music festival, the Fête de la Musique is above all a free popular holiday, open to any participant (amateur or professional musicians) who wants to perform in it. This Music Day allows the expression of all styles of music in a cheerful atmosphere. It aims at a large audience, working to popularise musical practice for young and not so young people from all social backgrounds. It gives an opportunity to communicate and share a very special moment through music.
The musicians are asked to perform for free, and all the concerts are free for the public. It’s the reason why they are used to play in open air areas as streets and parks or in public buildings like museums, train stations, castles… Furthermore, the Music Day is a way to encourage the major music institutions (orchestra, operas, choirs, etc.) to perform outside their usual locations. It offers an opportunity to offer concerts in hospitals or in prisons, to promote encounters and exchanges between young musicians and well-known talents.
Launched in 1982 by the French Ministry for culture, the Music Day is held now in more than hundred countries in Europe and over the world. It takes place every 21st June, the day of the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere.