Once again, Alliance Francaise Manille and the French Embassy’s Fête de la Musique, was a resounding success. Held as a two-day celebration for the very first time, the music festival’s biggest outing yet was held simultaneously in Makati City and Intramuros in Manila.
This year, Fête de la Musique opened three main stages and 18 pocket venues with over 19,500 spectators. Brought about by the creativity of over 870 musicians from over 249 bands, the artistic gathering again succeeded in showcasing the breadth and depth of Filipino talent, while promoting universal values such as freedom, cultural diversity, as well as generosity.
The organizers expressed their deep gratitude to the Filipino musicians who were at the core of the festival for their enthusiasm to share this year’s theme, “Living the Music Together,” through their craft. They also thanked the thousands of music-loving Filipinos who braved the unpredictable weather to support Fête de la Musique, whose origins can be traced all the way back to France in 1981. Despite the festival foreign roots, the festival has nonetheless become an integral part of Philippine music scene through its 21 years of existence in the country.
Whether at the A-Venue Mall, Greenbelt 3 Park, or in Puerta Real Gardens in Intramuros, the spirit of festive celebration was undeniable, and the joy, contagious.
From pop to hip-hop, reggae to classical, electronic to jazz, the magic of Fête de la Musique transcended across all musical tastes as always. Besides the main stages, the 18 pocket venues presented the audience with the freedom to satisfy his or her own musical cravings. It was even possible to immerse in French music with the performance French indie folk duo, My Name is Nobody, during the kick-off party at SM Aura Premier on June 20.
Fête de la Musique 2015 enjoyed the support of the Department of Tourism, the Intramuros Administration, and the NCCA, as well as the Makati City Hall and Barangay Poblacion.