DUE TO THE CURRENT STATE OF THE CORONA VIRUS, THE FETE DE LA MUSIQUE HAS BEEN PUT ON HOLD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE. WATCH THIS SPACE FOR THE NEW DATE!
The wonderful “Fête de la Musique” is back, and this time, bigger and better than ever before. This year the FREE-for-All event will be hosted in a new location. Come join us for a full day of music celebration that takes to the streets in the Old East Precinct in Hazelwood, incorporating The Village and The Club restaurants and shops.
Featuring the best of local musicians, this is sure to be the place to be for a Winter Warmer experience in our beautiful city. Enjoy two main stages and many busking stages in the street and at selected restaurants and shops. Then, buy, eat and be merry at the planned street market, or at one of the great restaurants in the Old East Precinct. All of this, while surrounded by a festive celebration of music.
It is absolutely FREE to be part in the festival – whether you are performing or just as a spectator!
The Fête de la Musique, also known as Make Music Day or World Music Day, is an annual music celebration which started in Paris, France in 1982. Maurice Fleuret, Director of Music, found in a study on the cultural habits of the French, that one in two people played a musical instrument – but no one ever saw them play – “The music was everywhere but the concert no-where”. His dream was to bring people to the streets to make music. Since then the festival has grown to over 700 cities all over the world – and Pretoria is part of it.
Maurice Fleuret, Director of Music, found in a study on the cultural habits of the French, that one person out of two, played a musical instrument but nobody ever saw them play – “the music was everywhere but the concert nowhere“.
His dream was to bring people out on the streets to make music.
The concept of the festival is based on inviting all levels of musicians to play (or sing) freely on stages and in the streets, offering free entertainment to everyone attending the festival. Artists normally play for free and no tickets for the event are sold.
The music performances are not selected by genre or language, and the idea is to have a variety of acts celebrating local and international talent.
Bigger, drawcard bands can be sponsored to perform and international musicians will also be invited to perform during the festival, sponsored by the French Embassy, IFAS (French Institute of Southern Africa), and various other Embassies or Institutes.
The dream caught on and today the festival is celebrated in more than 120 countries in more than 700 cities; including Pretoria, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Port Elizabeth in South Africa.