The Fête de la Musique celebrates music throughout Paris on 21 June 2019 for its 38th edition! All day and all night, music lovers can enjoy an exceptional and eclectic programme of events featuring well-known artists and young talents who perform in all parts of the French capital. Streets, museums, gardens, restaurants, bars, churches … become temporary concert spaces and offer the public a wide selection of music. This is one of the most eagerly awaited events of the year in Paris.
A snapshot of not-to-be-missed concerts for this 2019 edition:
Louvre – Orchestre de Paris concert under the Pyramid
1er arr. - 21 june (11.30pm -11.30pm)
This year, like every other year, the Orchestre de Paris will round off the concert season with a free performance under the Pyramid of the Louvre during the Fête de la Musique. Under the direction of Daniel Harding, the Dutch violinist Janine Jansen will play ‘Chasse royale and Orage’ from Berlioz’s opera ‘Les Troyens’ and Brahms’s Concerto for violin and orchestra in D major op. 77.
Philharmonie de Paris - Démos
21 June 2019 - 8.30pm - 10.30pm
For the 38th Fête de la Musique, children who are part of the Démos music education project in the town of Val de Marne will have the honour of performing at the Philharmonie de Paris. 7 groups of 15 children aged 7 to 12 will perform ‘Les enfants du soleil I’, an Olivier Calmel composition, the Guillermo Portabales song ‘El Carretero’, Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 (Ode to Joy) and Laurent Cuniot’s ‘Clarté de sable’.
Rosa Bonheur – Guinguette
21 June 2019 - 6.pm - 01.am
Rosa Bonheur in the Buttes Chaumont recreates the atmosphere of a guinguette (open-air dance hall). Céline Dion lookalike and singer Flo B will get things off to a swinging start by dressing up in all her finery to belt out the Canadian star’s best-loved hits, and Mlle Caro’s mixes will keep the party going until midnight.
Eglise de la Madeleine – The Northern Lights Quartet
21 June 2019 - 4.pm - 6.pm
Head along to the Eglise de la Madeleine at 4pm to listen to The Northern Lights Quartet. The Canadian string quartet will be performing pieces by Mouret, Purcell, Locatelli, Handel, Boccherini, Massenet, Saint-Saëns and Dvorak.
Place des Vosges – Les Tigresses Diatoniques
21 June 2019 - 7.30pm - 00.00am
The Tigresses Diatoniques will be performing, as they do every year, at the Fête de la Musique. The accordion group will create a lively atmosphere on Place des Vosges by playing French chanson classics by Edith Piaf, Georges Brassens and Serge Gainsbourg.
Place de la Bastille – Japanese drumming show
21 June 2019 - 8.pm - 9.30pm
Wearing Japanese costumes and wielding traditional wadaiko drums, the Taiko school’s drummers school will perform a show titled ‘Arts et vibrations de joie’ with their trademark infectious energy. Make your way to the central reservation of the Boulevard Richard Lenoir for this 1hr30 concert starting at 8pm.
Sunset Sunside – Pablo Campos pays tribute to Louis Armstrong
21 June 2019 - 9.pm - 10.pm
An evening of jazz with Louis Armstrong, Nat King Cole and Frank Sinatra songs performed at the Sunset Sunside by the pianist and singer Pablo Campos, followed by another celebration of music with the Ramona Horvath Trio playing Duke Ellington.
Collège des Bernardins – Salam Pacem
21 June 2019 - 8.30pm - 10.30pm
At this event at the magnificent Collège des Bernardins, Abir Nasraoui and his musicians will transport spectators with their performance of sacred music. Singing Sufi songs and Christian hymns accompanied by the piano and the oud, Abir Nasraoui draws from Western and Eastern music to deliver a message of peace.
Parc Montsouris – Mazurcade
21 June 2019 - 6pm - 9pm
If you feel like dancing, head to Parc Montsouris in the 14th arrondissement. The group Mazurcade’s 10 musicians will get kids and adults alike dancing from 6pm to 9pm. Mazurcade’s musicians will play a festive set of traditional French and international songs on the accordion, the bagpipes, the Irish flute, the oboe and the mandolin.
Saint Eustache 36-hour festival
1st arr. - 20 June (7.pm–5.am) – 21 June (7.pm–10.pm)
The Saint Eustache 36-hour festival returns for a 13th edition with pop, rock and electronic artists, who interpret liturgical works … their way! Free concerts in a cathedral setting, from morning to evening.
With notably: Léonie Pernet, Maestro, Petit Fantôme, Winter Family, Jeanne Added...
See the full programme on the website of the Ministère de la Culture et de la Communication.