Make Music DeForest


What is “Make Music DeForest”?

The Village of DeForest will celebrate Make Music Day on June 21st, 2024. Make Music Day is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries. Make Music DeForest is performed by anyone and enjoyed by everyone!  Unlike other music festivals, Make Music Events are FREE in all ways and open to anyone who wants to participate. Every type of musician is encouraged and invited to share their love of music with friends, neighbors and the community.

It all started 40 years ago in France…

In 1982, France’s Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They imagined a day where free, live music would be everywhere: street corners and parks, rooftops and gardens, storefronts and mountaintops.

Unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music, or host performances. The event would take place on the summer solstice, June 21, and would be called Fête De La Musique. (In French, the name means both “festival of music” and “make music!”)

Amazingly enough, this dream has come true. The Fête has turned into a true national holiday: France shuts down on the summer solstice and musicians take over.

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