Festival de la Musique Paris

Old Mar 5th, 2003, 08:10 PM
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Festival de la Musique Paris

I just found out that my family will be in Paris during this festival, which is great since we love music. Can anyone tell me about this festival? What type of music is it? Where is it held? Will Paris be especially crowded because of the festival?<BR><BR>Thank you for your help! Laurie
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Old Mar 5th, 2003, 10:48 PM
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If you are referring to the F&ecirc;te de la Musique, this is an event that is celebrated nationwide. It's held every year on the 21st June, and basically involves lots of bands and musicians - amateur and pro - playing in the streets, in bars and restaurants, in parks... You'll hear every type of music, from Jazz to rock to rap to classical.<BR><BR>There is more information about it on the official site: http://fetedelamusique.culture.fr/fr/journal/index.htm - there's a link to take you to the English version.<BR>There are always lots of people out in the streets for this festival, so it might seem crowded, but as it's a national event I don't think there'll be a major influx of people to Paris. There may be big open air concerts in the main squares of Paris, such as Place de la R&eacute;publique, Bastille, Place de l'H&ocirc;tel de Ville, etc, so check the local press beforehand (Pariscope) to find out what's happening where.
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The &quot;Fete de la Musique&quot; takes place on June 21st. Lots of live music on many streets with people dancing in the street. Everyone is out. Walk, walk, walk. A wonderful time to be there. For more Paris information go to www.anamericaninparis.com
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Old Mar 6th, 2003, 07:31 PM
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Thank you for your replies. Yes, Fete de la Musique is what I was referring to. Thank you for the suggestions and for the link to the website. It sounds like a lot of fun! Laurie
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It isn't just nationwide, it is in many other countries(eg, Germany, Switzerland), especially Francophone, although I believe it was originated by the French ministry of culture. It is celebrated in Washington DC at the French Embassy.
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We were in Paris for the Fete de la Musique 3 years ago. It was incredible. Walking from the Louvre to our hotel on Blvd St. Germain des Pres we passed a different musical group on just about every streetcorner. A capella groups, acoustic music, brass quintets...you name it. The street in fron of our hotel was jammed with people, no cars on the street. People set up grills in the middle of the road and sold sausages and food. A rock band played until about 2 am. Needless to say, we scheduled our trip to France this year to coincide with this event again this year.<BR>By the way, there are usually fireworks near Notre Dame 1-2 nights after this to celebrate the Fete de St. Jean (summer solstice). <BR>
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Thank you for the information! I'm really glad that we will be in Paris to experience this event! Laurie
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I will also be in Paris that week. The Mid-summer fireworks will be on June 24th on Quai St. Bernard. We will also be going to the Paris Air Show in Le Bourget on the 22nd. Paris Air Show for anyone interested runs from 6/15-6/22 and is open to the public on both weekends.
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Thanks tinlizzy for the update on the fireworks, I knew it was soon after the Fete de la Musique. Notre Dame makes a great backdrop for les feurs d'artifice.
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