Fête De la Musique is one a one of a kind chance for amateur and professional musicians to take over the city with free concerts. This strictly non commercial festival is a highlight in Berlin’s summer calendar.
Fête de la Musique began in France in 1982 as the brain child of the French Minister of culture, Jack Lang. After examining a study on French cultural habits, he discovered five million people, one out of every 2 children, played an instrument. His vision was to get these people out onto the streets to show off their craft. Since then, the festival has expanded to over 340 cities across the world. Across the world. the celebrations in adherence to the following principles.
1.European Music Fest takes place every year on 21st June, the day of the Summer solstice.
2. European Music Fest is a live music celebration aimed at enhancing the scope and diversity of musical practices in all the musical genres.
3. European Music Fest is an appeal to spontaneous and free participation open to individuals or ensembles (instrumental or singing) and musical institutions to give both amateurs and professionals the opportunity to express their musical talent.
4. All concerts are free to the public.
5. European Music Fest is mainly an outdoor event taking place in streets, squares, public parks, playgrounds etc. Indoor venues may also be used as long as they respect the rule of free entry to the public. The European Music Fest is the opportunity to access and open places that are not traditionally concert venues to the public: museums, hospitals, public buildings…
6. European Music Fest is an exceptional day for all types of music and public. The co-organisers undertake to promote musical practice and live music within this framework without a profit-making goal.
Berlin has been celebrating this most non corporate of festivals since 1995.
Where to go in Berlin
With the music ban lifted from 16:00 to 22:00 on June 21st, you can pretty much go out your front door and probably catch a performance. The main hot spots are the old town in Spandau, Karl Marx Allee, Friedrichstrasse, Under de Linden, Rosa- Luxemburg Platz and the busquing hub, Mauer Park. Check out your local music scene to see what they have planned for the festival or browse through the programs in Berlin here
And don’t forget to bring plenty of beer and sunscreen!