From the Department of Tourism
The Department of Tourism (DOT) and its attached agency, the Intramuros Administration (IA), join hands with Alliance Francaise de Manille (AFM) in presenting the 20th edition of Fete de la Musique this year.
One of the most celebrated cultural events in the world, Fete de la Musique is slated to mark its second decade of festivity on June 21, 2014 (Saturday) from 3:30 p.m. onwards, with free live music and cultural events simultaneously happening at A-Venue Mall Open Parking and Greenbelt 3 Park in Makati, and at the Maestranza Plaza in Intramuros, Manila. There will also be a kick-off party on June 20, 2014 (Friday) from 8PM onwards to be held at Baluarte de San Diego, Intramuros, featuring French, Filipino, and Indian artists such as DJ M.MAT, SinIndia, Caliph 8, and Kate Torralba. The Fete de la Musique’s 20th edition will also mark the four-year partnership and collaboration of AFM with B-Side Productions in handling the festival program and logistics.
Summer solstice of June 21, 1982 saw the launch of Fete de la Musique, which spread to five continents around the world in less than 15 years. Also known as World Music Day, Fete is a global phenomenon where every music genre is represented in various venues simultaneously around the city for one night. At present, more than 450 cities in 116 countries celebrate the Fete de la Musique, promoting live music performed by amateurs and professionals on a wide range of musical styles and genres. The Philippines has been a staunch supporter of the France-based fest, having organized the free event for years and making it the biggest and most attended free outdoor music event in the metro today. Last year’s edition gathered more than 12,000 music enthusiasts with several pocket stages representing jazz, blues/soul/ska, reggae & world, indie, rock/pop-rock, hip-hop, electronica, and Latin.
“We are very honored to be part of this important milestone celebrating two decades of the Fete de la Musique, one of the most popular free music events in the metro’s cultural life today. This festivity is a testament to the Filipino and French people’s many commonalities, and in no small measure, our great affinity with music. There is definitely a lot to celebrate and to be grateful for. Our warmest congratulations to Alliance Francaise de Manille, the Embassy of France to the Philippines, and to all our friends from France for the event’s continued success worldwide. Thank you for giving the best of Filipino talent the joy to share together with other foreign artists that same passion for music,” Secretary of Tourism Ramon R. Jimenez Jr. remarked.
For more information about Fete, please contact Ms. Sabrina Durand of Alliance Francaise at [email protected] or visit www.alliance.ph, www.facebook.com/alliancefrancaisedemanille, and https://twitter.com/afmanille