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mercredi 21 juin 2017

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  • The jazz band Limoges, Musée National Adrien Dubouché
    The jazz band Limoges, Musée National Adrien Dubouché
    © RMN-Grand Palais (Limoges, Cité de la céramique) / Tony Querrec

The Fête de la musique is celebrated across the globe on 21 June, a date that corresponds to the first day of summer in the northern hemisphere and is traditionally associated with the feast of Saint John. A number of local music festivals are held on the solstice day as part of the nationwide celebrations.

Created in France in 1982, and designed to give amateur musicians the chance to express themselves freely outdoors, this cultural event now reaches every village in France: no less than one million performers take part on the day, on stages or in the streets, with around ten million spectators on average coming to hear them play! Celebrations are also held in a hundred other countries!

From scores for all kinds of instruments, photographed or represented in each work, from violins to bagpipes,  street musicians to singers known and unknown, soloists and groups, this is a highly diverse musical journey.

Another musical celebration not to be missed: the Impressionist Museum in Giverny is presenting, in exclusive partnership with the Musées d'Orsay et de l'Orangerie, until 2 July, the In Concert! Musical Instruments in Art, 1860-1910 exhibition, exploring how the origins of Impressionism coincided with the emergence of new musical instruments, increasingly present in daily life and at café-concerts in particular.