Summer Time Is When France is Alive With the Sounds of Music
Not quite a public holiday but it might as well be — the June 21 Fête de la Musique (Music Festival) grips the country for 24 hours of music and more music in multifaceted shape and form celebrating the summer solstice.
June 21 is Fête de la Musique – a one day nationwide celebration
When France is Alive With the Sounds of Music
Not quite a public holiday but might as well be — the June 21 Fête de la Musique (Music Festival) grips the country for 24 hours of music and more music in multifaceted shape and form.
From Menton to Lille, the hexagon, as the French shorthand will have it, is filled with the sounds of summer — live or recorded music on street corners or major big-name rock, jazz, folk and classical concerts that fill the day with sound and light.
In cafés you can hear weather-beaten old-timers playing their accordions crooners belting out Piaf’s “Non, je ne regrette rien” or jazz singers, string quartets, French folk music, Brazilian samba, Jamaican reggae all with food and wine to match.
Clearly the larger centres offer more to see and do but smaller towns and villages don’t hold back in rolling out a potent mix of traditional and modern music.
So join in on June 21 and celebrate the sparkle of summer, the joys of music, and the pride of the people.
Plenty of Other Summer Music Festivals
Here are just some of the Music festivals taking place in the summer of 2010 – more links to come.
Festival de Nîmes – is staggered throughout July.
Bêtes de Scène, Mulhouse, Alsace, July 9-12, 2010 is a DJ-run festival.
Toulon Jazz Festival – July 16-25, 2010.
Cognac Blues Passions Festival – July 27- August 1, 2010.
Les Escales de Saint-Nazaire, 50 concerts in two days, August 6 & 7, 2010.
Les Frères Morvan
Sea Shanty Festival in the Brittany town of Paimpol
Meanwhile way off the beaten track Paimpol offers a traditional music festival – Festival du Chant de Marin , normally held in the first weekend of August.
If music doesn’t tug your strings you could always try this Son et Lumière re-enactment: – “Le Trésor Maudit” Bellême (61130) Performances: Friday and Saturday evenings July 9 to August 7, 2010.
Legend has it that the Sainte-Gauburge Prior was unjustly banished for stealing the chapel treasure and ever since has haunted Saint-Cyr-la-Rosière near the city of Bellême. See here for Son et Lumière re-enactment.
Story: Ken Pottinger
Other Music Stories
Across the country the Grand Opera tradition, proudly subsidised by the munificent state, is in full voice.
|Dijon 4-14 Festival
Take some French chefs and put them, in the kitchen with some American chefs. Sprinkle liberally with wine and soak in music. What do you get?
|Haut Jura Music Festival
The 25th Music Festival Haut-Jura is on right now until June 27 and includes a celebration of the voice of the Castrati. Further details- click the image above.