THE Department of Tourism (DOT) and its attached agency, the Intramuros Administration (IA), have given the non-profit cultural organization, Alliance Française de Manille (AFM), their full support in mounting the 20th edition of the celebrated Fête de la Musique in the capital.
Slated on June 21 from 3:30 p.m. onwards, the grand and free musical event, will simultaneously take place at the Maestranza Plaza in Intramuros, Manila, and at Makati City’s A-Venue Mall Open Parking and Greenbelt 3 Park. Over 200 bands and solo acts will be featured in the highly anticipated festival, which is currently held in 450 cities in 116 countries around the world.
“We are very honored to be part of this important milestone celebrating two decades of the Fête de la Musique, one of the most popular free music events in the metro’s cultural life today,” stated Tourism Secretary Ramon Jimenez Jr. “This festivity is a testament to the Filipino and French people’s many commonalities, and in no small measure, our great affinity with music.”
The summer solstice of June 21, 1982 saw the birth of Fete de la Musique, which spread to five continents around the world in less than 15 years. Also known as “World Music Day,” the event is a global phenomenon where every music genre is represented in various venues simultaneously around a participating city for one night.
The Philippines has been a staunch supporter of this French cultural festival, having organized the free event for many years, and gathering more than 12,000 music enthusiasts from around the Philippines at its 2013 outing.
A kick-off party will be held on June 20 at 8 p.m. to herald the big day Baluarte de San Diego in Intramuros. French, Filipino, and Indian artists will headline the evening’s performances, among them DJ M. Mat, SinIndia, Caliph 8, and Kate Torralba.
This year’s Fête de la Musique in Manila will also mark the four-year partnership and collaboration of AFM with B-Side Productions in handling the festival program and logistics.
“There is definitely a lot to celebrate and to be grateful for. Our warmest congratulations to Alliance Française de Manille, the Embassy of France to the Philippines, and to all our friends from France for the event’s continued success worldwide. Thank you for giving the best of Filipino talent the joy to share together with other foreign artists that same passion for music,” concluded Jimenez.
The entire roster of shows at Fête de la Musique 2014 is open to the public for free.