In 1982, Jack Lang and his team at 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, store fronts and mountaintops.
And, unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music. The event would take place on the summer solstice, June 21, and would be called Fête de la Musique (which means both “festival of music” and “make music!”).
Amazingly enough, this dream has come true: France shuts down on the summer solstice and musicians take over. Almost 8% of the country (5 million people) have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fête de la Musique. Today, 40 years later, the holiday has spread throughout the world and is now celebrated in more than 120 countries.
Joyeux anniversaire et bonne fête!
“Faire la Fête” is coordinated by Sylvie Canal (France), Aaron Friedman (United States), and Andria Nicodemou (Cyprus).
Among the thousands of Fête de la Musique concerts worldwide, we highlight one concert in each of 40 countries that celebrates the event's 40th anniversary with music by a French composer or songwriter.
20:30 - 22:00
Institut Français d'Alger
07 Rue Capitaine HASSANI, Alger Ctre
16:00 - 21:30
Cathedral of San Mateo, Salerno
Piazza Alfano I, 84125
Parco Archeologico de Selinunte
91022 Marinella di Selinunte
18:30 - 21:30
Pariser Platz, 10117 Berlin
316 W 5th Ave, V5K 1K4
Phoenix Central Park
Chippendale, NSW 2008
Connolly Train Station
1 Amiens St, North Dock, Dublin
182 rue Saint-Honoré 75001 Paris
Eleftheria (Liberty) Square
Konstantinou Palaiologou 20e, Nicosia
Tóth József Theatre
Szentes, Petőfi u., 6600
Prithvi Theatre, Juhu, Mumbai
20, Juhu Church Rd, Janki Kutir
Plaza San Francisco, Cuenca
Pdte. Cordova y P. Aguirre
2611 AZ Delft
Tetteh Quarshie Int., Spintex Rd
Şahkulu, Tımarcı Sk. No:1, 34421 Beyoğlu/İstanbul
Calle Baltazar La Torre 370 Timbre 1, San Isidro, Lima
Imara Daima, Nairobi
Santa Fe Beach Park, Siargao
R4RR+72R, General Luna, Surigao del Norte
French Institute of Zaragoza
Paseo Sagasta, 7, 50008 Zaragoza
Rynek, 37-700 Przemyśl
French Institute of the UK
17 Queensberry Pl, London SW7 2DT
Miry Concert Hall, Royal Conservatory of Ghent
Biezekapelstraat 9, 9000
10:00 - 19:00
Liberty Island, New York NY
Sct. Mortens Church, Randers
Vester Kirkestræde 7, 8900
370 01 České Budějovice, Czechia
Jardins do Palácio de Cristal
R. de Dom Manuel II, 4050-346 Porto
18 Little Road, Yaba, Lagos
Garagem Theater, Brasilia
Av. W4 Sul, SEPS 713/913 lt F
Karatza 5, Mirina 814 00, Greece
National University of La Plata
Av. 7 776, B1900 La Plata
Theodorskirchpl. 7, 4000 Basel
Varga Core, Bahria, Islamabad
B-10, Emp. Heights-II, Phase-VI
Youth and Recreation Center
Bakhtiari Kon St, Sulaimania
16:00 - 20:00
Santiago de Querétaro
bul. "Slivnitsa" 100А, 9000 Varna Center
Make Music Day (or just “Make Music”) is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st, the summer solstice.
Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part. Thousands of amateur musicians play in public spaces, often for their first time. Professional musicians perform for new audiences, who come out from under their headphones to hear unfamiliar groups risk-free. And everyone is invited to sing along and enjoy the first day of summer.
Today, Make Music is observed on the same day in more than 1,000 cities around the world. It is the world’s largest annual music event.
Make Music began in France as Fête de la Musique, a national musical holiday inaugurated in 1982. Ever since, the festival has become an international phenomenon, celebrated on the same day in more than 120 countries, including Australia, Brazil, China, Italy, Nigeria, and the United Kingdom.
The name Make Music comes from the French Fête (or Faites) de la musique, which means both “festival of music” and “make music!”
Anyone and everyone. Amateurs, part-time professionals, and established artists are all welcome. In the U.S., initiatives like “Mass Appeal” allow even those who have never before touched an instrument to join in.
Yes, Make Music takes place every June 21. (In 2021, it fell on a Monday; in 2022, it will fall on a Tuesday.)
If you are in a city with a Make Music organization, register through that city’s website. (Click here for the list of cities.) Make Music cities use a “matchmaking” platform that allows you to register your own concert, or to collaborate on a Make Music event with local musicians and venues that fit your tastes. Typically, registration for June 21 begins a few months before in March or April, but it depends on the city.
Absolutely. Download this kit (pdf) for tips on how to have your own Make Music event, wherever you are.
The Make Music Alliance can help you strategize, and help you demonstrate the benefits of Make Music to your local officials. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
In most of the world, each Make Music city is independently organized. Often it’s a local community group, media outlet, arts presenter, government agency, or civic leader who champions the musical holiday in their hometown.
The nonprofit Make Music Alliance exists to serve these Make Music organizers around the world. Its goals are to promote Make Music participation, provide tools to help manage the event in each community, and foster collaboration, mentorship, and mutual support among its members. Detailed membership benefits are described here.
In the United States, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Foundation is the presenting sponsor of Make Music Day.
Many countries have their own national coordinators and partners. Follow the links here to learn more.