Fête de la musique in Luxembourg was launched in the capital in 2000. It gives beginners as well as experienced musicians the opportunity to perform in front of a large audience. It costs nothing for the performers. And the listeners can easily find something to like. Perhaps this is why the festival has become so popular.
June 21 is also known as World Music Day. Fête de la Musique was born in France and it means 'music festival'. The founders had a simple and interesting idea: what if we try to gather all the musicians, professionals and beginners, street singers and big stars? So, the first concert took place in 1982 and it brought together different artists.
Later on, it became an international event. It is now celebrated in a number of countries, including India, Italy, Australia, the United States and Japan.
On this day, people from all over the world celebrate the joy of music and pay tribute to the musicians for their live performances. Giving several free performances on this day is a tradition.
This year, the Fête de la Musique festival in Luxembourg will start on the 16th of June and will run until Wednesday the 21st of June. It ends just before the National Day, which is perfect for the timetable: people have some time to relax before the next big event.
Since the year 2000, the festival has spread all over the country and now takes place in many cities at the same time: in the city of Luxembourg itself, in Bertrange, Echternach, Ettelbrück, Dudelange and others. The programme of each city is unique. You can find it on the official website of the festival.
In the capital, for example, you can enjoy the art of Dan Szyller — a Brazilian musician who lives in France and is influenced by The Doors, Iron Maiden and Pink Floyd. In Dudelange, immerse yourself in an adventurous journey of hip-hop, funk, rock and pop music with the luxembourgish Hunneg-Strëpp Brass Band.
There will be concerts by local music schools and philharmonic orchestras. There will also be a selection of indie musicians performing a wide range of genres, from jazz to pop-rock. The Fête de la musique is also the perfect opportunity to visit other towns and cities. The band you're interested in might be playing there.