~ June 2015 ~
While on the road to Paris, the night before we arrived, one of our friends from Paris said it’s the perfect day to arrive because Fète de la Musique is happening that day… ^_^
She promised to walk us around Paris where all the fun will be happening and meet us around 5-6pm.
The co-incidence is perfect!
Because our Paris Pass starts THE DAY AFTER we arrived so we have free uneventful day before our “planned” adventure starts…
TIP: I do not know whether all Paris Pass are like this, but our 4-Day Paris Pass has a 5-Day Travel Card. We did not realise this until after we bought Travelcards on the day we arrived. But it’s ok, we used the extra day on our Travelcards AFTER our Paris Pass expired on our actual departure day. So make sure to plan WHEN to use your extra day on your Travelcard (before or after your Paris Pass activation) because the first day you use your Travelcard will be counted as Day 1, and the days are counted consecutively.
The Fête de la Musique, also known as Make Music Day or World Music Day, is an annual music celebration taking place every 21st of June.
This was originated by the French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang. In 1982, he discovered from a study of the cultural habits of 5 million French that one in two children played an instrument. In the same year, this discovery inspired him to start Fête de la Musique in order to promote music and bring people together out in the streets. Ever since, the festival has become an international phenomenon, celebrated on the same day in more than 700 cities in 120 countries, including Germany, Italy, Greece, Russia, Australia, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Canada, the United States, and Japan.
The festival catered for different genres of music, mostly in French and some English songs were played too.
A lot of restaurants and establishments take this festival for granted and hire bands to play in front of their business to attract costumers.
It was easier for us to move around during the festival because we had friends who are locals with us to guide us around.
TIP: If ever you land on Paris on this day of the year and would want to check out cool bands and DJs, just go to places where the main tourist attactions are, like: Notre Dame, Sienne River, Trocadero, etc.
It was a fun experience to witness this festival, to see and hear French music and culture is one of the highlights of our Parisian holiday… ❤
What a good start of our celebration! 🙂
That’s it for now… Stay safe everyone!!! Cheers!!! ^_^