Friday 21st June 2019 signals not only the longest day of the year but the 37th edition of Fête de la Musique – a tradition celebrated in Paris, across France, around the world… and now at Bellanger.
Fête de la Musique, or World Music Day as it is also known, originated in 1982 when the French Minister of Culture at the time, Jack Lang, appointed Maurice Fleuret as Director of Music and Dance. Fleuret conducted a study on cultural habits and discovered that over five million citizens played a musical instrument and this set him to thinking… Before long, he was dreaming up a way to bring the people of France out onto the streets in a celebration of music, et voila! Fête de la Musique was born.
For one day a year, the streets of Paris are well and truly taken over by this ‘Festival of Music’. Both amateur and professional musicians are encouraged to perform wherever they like – in squares, parks, cafés and on self-built stages. A host of free concerts are also organised throughout the day, enabling everyone and anyone to experience and participate in the celebration.
The popularity of Fête de la Musique over the years has seen it grow into one of the largest French cultural events and it is now celebrated in more than 700 cities in over 120 countries around the world.
On Friday 21st June at Bellanger, as a nod to the celebrations taking place across the channel, we will be joined by accordionist, Pete Watson, who will be entertaining customers while they dine with a medley of French classics from 6.30pm – 9.30pm.
And so, if you’re not planning on dancing the night away in the Jardin des Tuileries or along the banks of the Seine, we hope to have you with us instead, to enjoy a little slice of French musicality in Islington!