Join the worldwide celebration of music on June 21!
Make Music is a free celebration of music around the world on Tuesday, 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. More than 3.3K music-making events took place nationwide in 2021.
Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.
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, store fronts and mountaintops.
And, 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. Almost 8% of the country (5 million people) have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fête de la Musique.
Four decades later, the holiday has spread throughout the world and is now celebrated in more than 120 countries. In the U.S., the presenting sponsor is the NAMM Foundation.
The Mayor’s Office of Cultural Affairs (MOCA) implements the City’s Arts and Cultural Plan with a vision to foster an environment in which art and culture flourish for the sharing and benefit of all residents and visitors. It highlights the local artist workforce through exhibitions in historic City Hall and oversees contracts for grants and cultural services and the City’s Civic Art Program. MOCA also facilitates temporary art, art donations to the City Collection, community murals, music and literary arts programs, and special cultural projects.
For more info, visit Houston MOCA.
Directed by Valérie Baraban, Consul General of France, the Consulate is at your service for the formalities of daily life; support those who are in difficulty; ensure that children receive an education in French; support French companies that want to sell or set up in the United States; and help American companies that wish to invest in France. The Consulate is at the service of men and women who want to study, research or participate in the cultural influence of France. It hosts, amongst other, the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in Houston that develops artistic, educational and academic activities in Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas. It is committed with its American partners to the promotion and the support of Franco-American exchanges in the artistic, audiovisual, literary, educational, academic and non-governmental fields.
For more info, visit the Consulate General of France in Houston.