This year, June 21 date to celebrate music, falls on a Friday. All communes of Réunion will take advantage of the weekend to schedule three days of live music.
Officially: “Fête de la Musique was created in 1982 by the Ministry of Culture. When Maurice Fleuret becomes Director of music and dance in October 1981, at the request of Jack Lang, he applies his thoughts on musical practice and its evolution: “music everywhere and the concert nowhere”. Discovered in 1982, on the occasion of a study on the cultural practices of the French, that five million people including a young, play a musical instrument, it takes to dream to take people to the streets.
And so, in a few weeks, Jack Lang, Minister of Culture, decided to launch the first Fête de la Musique, June 21, 1982, day of the summer solstice, pagan night referring to the ancient tradition of the Saint John festivities.
“Make music, Fête de la Musique”, the watchword has become formula had nothing of the slogan. This mobilization of musicians professionals and amateurs, this new attention to all musical genres, became, through the immediate success of a popular and largely spontaneous demonstration, the translation of a policy which had intended to grant their place in the amateur practices as well as rock, jazz, song and traditional music, to the sides of so-called serious music or scholarly. »
Thus, in a few weeks, “Make music” has made the streets a joyous mass of people of all origins and social conditions, issue of ‘tasting’ a musical instrument. It was a great civic meeting. And, above all, creative, participatory and inventive.
Over time, the spirit of political recovery was eventually infiltrate the spontaneous movement and creative to make room for a riot of ‘concerts’ lavish expenditures where elected officials to provide spectacle, far from the original and official slogan “music everywhere and the concert nowhere”. The advent of parity or the arrival of newly elected officials have accelerated drift of liability of reunion and a reunion. Happy birthday anyway, and “do” for the better.
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