La Fête de la Musique at Playa Del Carmen

(May 2014)

Mexico Realty Solutions, in collaboration with the Centro de  Cultura at Playa del Carmen, the Fête de la Musique, El Festival de la Musica, in Playa del Carmen.  The Fête de la Musique is completely different from a music festival. The Fête de la Musique is above all a free popular fête, open to any participant (amateur or professional musicians) who wants to perform in it. This music day allows the expression of all styles of music in a cheerful atmosphere. It aims at a large audience, working to popularize musical practice for young and not-so-young people from all social backgrounds. It gives an opportunity to communicate and share a very special moment through music:

The musicians are asked to perform for free, and all the concerts are free for the public. It’s the reason why they are used to playing in open-air areas as streets and parks or in public buildings like museums, train stations, castles … Furthermore, the Fête de la Musique is a way to encourage the major music institutions (orchestra, operas, choirs, etc.) to perform outside their usual locations. These kinds of institutions can also welcome other types of music. In this way it offers an opportunity to develop exchanges between city centers and their outlying areas, to offer concerts in hospitals or in prisons, and to promote encounters and exchanges between young musicians and well-known talents.

Launched in 1982 by the French Ministry for culture, the Fête de la Musique is held in more than 100 countries in Europe and over the world. It takes place every 21st June, the day of the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere.

Thanks to the impulse and the dynamism of the French cultural network abroad (the Departments of Cultural Affairs at the French Embassies, french cultural centers and institutes and the Alliances Françaises) the Fête has an important international growth. Indeed, a lot of events are now set up by local organizers (Ministries for Culture, city councils, local artistic associations, etc.). For example, in Europe, a professional and institutional network, called "Fête européenne de la Musique," was created. In other countries, information about the programs and the reports on the 21st of June are less formal; there are many projects indeed.

We have to invent the Fête de la Musique again and again, taking care of each country's cultural specificities. In this way, it will become a real emblematic event in most countries.

Since 1994, the French Ministry for Culture has placed the task of masterminding the coordination of the Fête de la Musique in France and abroad in the hands of ADCEP (Association pour le développement de la Création, Etudes et Projets), an independent cultural association.