With the founding vision of “music everywhere and the concert nowhere,” celebrated French composer and music journalist Maurice Fleuret and France’s then-Minister of Culture Jack Lang organized the first ever Fête de la Musique in Paris in June 1982.
Since then, Fête de la Musique—also known as Music Day or World Music Day—has become an international affair that continues to promote music through a free-for-all events in more than 700 cities in 120 countries every year.
Now celebrating its 25th anniversary in the Philippines, the event showcases the best of the best in the local music scene, while providing a generous cross-cultural experience between the Filipino and French people, forging friendships and building a community.
“2019 is a big year for Fête de la Musique and we wanted to make sure that this year’s event will be a special one,” said Jean-Pierre Dumont, executive director of Alliance Française de Manille.
For its 2019 edition, Fête de la Musique continues its tradition of producing several main stages across Metro Manila and in six other cities all over the country. As a special treat, there will be an addition of over 50 pocket stages that will host different music genres.
Starting a new annual tradition, this year’s staging introduced on June 8 the Music Heals: Fête de la Musique Pop-Up, which highlighted the healing power of music. On June 15, three pre-Fête de la Musique parties simultaneously took place to kick off the anniversary celebrations.
Happening today is the #GlobeFete Production Number, a special 25-minute performance at A-Venue, Makati main stage. The multi-genre medley, led by Francis De Veyra, features artists such as Bituin Escalante, Aia de Leon, Vic Facultad, Cooky Chua, Bayang Barrios, Tarsius, Kat Agarrado, Jensen Gomez, Bea Lorenzo, Zsaris, Brass Pas Pas Pas Pas, and more.
June 22 will be a big day as the concert goes to the Greenbelt main stage and to the 52 pocket stages featuring various music genres.
There will also be a special all-female French-Filipino medley on June 28 at the Intramuros main stage, led by Pinay musician Radha, and in collaboration with Vanessa Monot, Fatima Palma-Loo, and more.
Fête de la Musique is also expanding to more venues outside the metro on June 29, with main stages set up in Baguio, Batangas, Bulacan, Laguna, Palawan, and Pampanga.
To cap off the anniversary festivities, DocDef and Gabi Na Naman Productions will hold a closing party on June 29 at 20:20 in Chino Roces Avenue, Makati.
Fans also get a chance to win round-trip tickets to France through the #FeteStories social media contest. They simply need to share a 25-second video of their fondest Fête de la Musique memories through the years to enter the contest.
Go to www.facebook.com/FetePH or download the FetePH mobile app to know more.
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