29 May 2019

World Music Day 2019: under the banner of Europe

To celebrate the 38th edition of the Fête de la musique (World Music Day), the Ministry of Culture invites all Europeans to take part in a big musical event on the theme of the European anthem on 21 June 2019 at 8pm.
 
Since 1982, the Fête de la Musique, a highpoint organised by the Ministry of Culture, has been a unifying event in Europe and around the world, with more than 120 countries taking part.

This year, with Europeans having just elected their representatives to the European Parliament, the Ministry of Culture is keen to promote a musical Europe without borders by encouraging everyone to reinterpret the European anthem, Ode to Joy, composed by Ludwig van Beethoven in 1823.

This occasion will bring together all musicians, amateur and professional, solo and accompanied alike, and all styles of music, from Baroque to rap, metal to “chanson”, and from beatbox to rock and roll, for a unique musical experience reminding us that the Fête de la Musique is also meant to be understood in terms of the slogan "faites de la musique" (make music), a homophone of Fête de la Musique.

Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, has presented a joint initiative to his European counterparts: at 8pm precisely (UTC+2), in all European countries and across all digital channels, a multitude of renditions and reinterpretations of Ode to Joy from Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony and verses from Schiller’s poem will resound in a moment of sharing and joy, conveying through music the European motto: "United in Diversity".

The event website now has a wealth of information on how to get involved in the Fête de la Musique: a practical guide explaining how to organise a concert and register concerts or events in the official programme. In addition, it is now possible, in just a few clicks, to see the full map of the Fête de la Musique programme of events, or selected feeds on media, local government and event organisers’ websites: https://fetedelamusique.culture.gouv.fr