Every year, the French welcome summer with music. On June 21, the first day of summer in the northern hemisphere, amateur and professional musicians offer free performances in public places. This music day, known as la Fete de la Musique, allows the public to discover new styles of music, popularize obscure genres and even help young people from all social backgrounds enjoy a free concert by one of their favourite international band. Above all, it’s an opportunity for people to communicate and share a special moment through music. In Washington DC, the French community also celebrates la Fête de la Musique, though not necessarily on the 21st.
L’Alliance Francaise typically kicks off the celebrations on Friday night. This
year is no exception. L’alliance offers up its space and promotional support to
emerging artists and up-and-coming musicians who can show off their skills
during a 6 hour musical program from 5:30-10:00pm on Friday, June 18. After
10, l’Alliance turns into a bit of a nightclub, with a DJ spinning French and
international hits. This event is free until 8pm, after which l’Alliance charges a
$5 cover for members and $8 cover for non-members.
The following day, La Maison Francaise hosts a musical soiree in its gardens
Finally, this year, the Sofitel is rounding up the celebrations with a musical