Fête de la Musique: A Universal Celebration in Australia

Every year on June 21st, we celebrate la Fête de la Musique (Make Music Day), a day dedicated to music in all its forms. In Australia, this event has become a significant occasion, attracting thousands of participants, both amateurs and professionals, in a festive and friendly atmosphere.

19 Jun 2024

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The Origins of the Fête de la Musique

La Fête de la Musique began in France in 1976, thanks to the initiative of Joel Cohen, an American musician working for France Musique. He proposed “Saturnalia of Music” for the summer and winter solstices. This idea materialized on June 21, 1976, marking the beginning of what would become a global celebration.

In 1981, inspired by an outdoor concert in Paris, then-Minister of Culture Jack Lang established this annual musical day in collaboration with musician Maurice Fleuret. The first Fête de la Musique took place in 1982 with the aim of democratizing music and encouraging spontaneous performances in public spaces.

A DIY Music Festival

Unlike a traditional music festival, la Fête de la Musique is open to anyone who wants to participate. It’s a DIY music festival! Musicians of all ages, amateurs, and professionals, from all musical genres, can organize their own gigs or join various events hosted by different organizations. It’s an opportunity to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All events are free and open to the public.

International Expansion

Since its beginning in France, la Fête de la Musique has spread across the globe, becoming a truly universal celebration. In 1985, it started expanding during the European Year of Music, and in 1997, the European Music Day Charter was signed. Today, over 120 countries participate in this event, demonstrating music’s power to transcend borders and unite cultures.

Make Music Day in Australia

In recent years, Australia has enthusiastically embraced this tradition. By participating in la Fête de la Musique, Australia joins a global tradition that celebrates music as a universal language, capable of bringing people together beyond cultural and geographical boundaries. Every June 21, many Australian cities host events to celebrate this unique day.

In 2018, the Australian Music Association launched the first nationwide Make Music Day celebration in Australia, in partnership with the Australian Live Music Office. Since then, the event has continued to grow. The Make Music Australia website lists various events happening across the country, so be sure to check it out.

A Promising 2024 Edition

In 2024, Make Music Day in Australia promises to be even more spectacular, with events planned in major cities such as Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, and Perth. In Canberra, the celebration will take place on Saturday, June 22, at the Alliance Française de Canberra.

Make Music Day in Australia is a fantastic opportunity for communities to come together and celebrate musical diversity. It’s also a chance to discover new talents and immerse oneself in a variety of musical style. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to participate in an event that transcends borders and unites music lovers worldwide.

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