In the 40 years since it began on June 21, 1982, France’s Fête de la Musique has become one of the country’s most important cultural events, with millions taking to the streets to make music on the first day of summer. Ever since, countless other countries have been inspired to do the same.
To honor the Fête’s 40th anniversary and its French origins, the Make Music Alliance announces a special international series called Faire la Fête – 40 free concerts in 40 countries on June 21 featuring the music of French songwriters and composers.
Among the dozens of Faire la Fête events already announced, the grandest is in New York, where more than 100 American musicians will perform French music at seven outdoor locations at Liberty Island, Ellis Island, and The Battery, all within view of the Statue of Liberty (another great example of French-American cultural exchange)!
Check out the New York program here, along with the full Faire la Fête website!