Fête de la musique June 21st

June 18th, 2012

The 31st annual Fête de la musique (Festival of Music) will take place all over France this Thursday, June 21st.  Started under President Mitterand, it’s a day that features free music of all genres – from professionals in concert halls to amateur groups on street corners, in cafes, etc.  Really something for everyone.  And of course, Paris is particularly blessed with options.

A couple of possible:

Music in the Nef of the Grand Palais under Daniel Buren’s installation of colored circles.  Music by Jamie XX, Caribou and Four Tet.  Free but reservations required.  More info here:

Or head to the musée d’art et d’histoire du Judaïsme  in the 3rd (The Museum of Jewish Art and History).  From 8 pm on there will be music of the Balkans, Klezmer, hip-hop and reggae in the interior courtyard.  Free (of course) and no reservations needed.

Or check out the official website here for more options!

And you can buy a metro ticket for the evening for 3 euros, valid from 5 pm Thursday evening until 7 am the next morning.  And several metro lines will run all night to make it easy to get around.  So you’re not limited to those events in your neighborhood!

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