France: Fete de la Musique, June 21
Photo by dapop
France’s annual Fete de la Musique takes place on June 21. It’s one of our favourite festivals, a night-long feast of free live music and dance. This year, if you don’t feel like getting down with the crowds you can follow the whole thing from your computer at www.21juin2007.net, a special 24-hour internet radio broadcast from all over the world, complete with videos. For the first time, New York joins the roster of places (in more than 110 countries!) taking part.
Practical details: A special “Forfait Fete de la Musique” public transportation ticket will be on sale for €2.50, allowing unlimited use of the Ile de France network from Thursday, June 21 at 5 p.m. until Friday, June 22 at 7 a.m.
The program is available on the Fete’s site and it’s massive. In the Ile de France region alone there are 452 scheduled events.
Here are a few suggestions for Paris:
1. M° Republique: Acid house DJ Ken Ishii will be at the helm for a huge open-air dancefest featuring Scratch Massive and Jonathan Katsav in front of the bar Aux Templiers, at 18 rue Caffarelli, 75003. From 6 p.m. until midnight.
2. For those with children, a good bet is the Cite de la Musique in the 19th arrondissement, which will be running concerts and musical workshops for children from 5:30 p.m. through 10 p.m. 221 Ave Jean Jaures, M° Porte de Pantin.
3. M° Menilmontant will host a gypsy festival inspired by the movies of Emir Kusturica.
4. In the 16th, M° Iena, in front of the Musee Guimet, dancers will perform a selection of beloved Bollywood song and dance routines from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m.