Fête de la Musique

22 Jun

Last night was Fête de la Musique, a night of music in the streets, on the eve of the summer solstice.  Although other cities celebrate it, it was born in Paris, and I think there’s something extra-special about witnessing it here.  For one thing, it’s a BIG DEAL: the public transport authorities alter the transportation in Paris and out to the suburbs for the night – instead of closing at 1am, for example, the main Métro lines are open all night.

The other thing that is spectacular about Fête de la Musique in Paris is that the entire city takes on a different vibe.  There’s an energy in the streets that doesn’t usually exist.  Unlike New York City, although people are rushing about, the overall vibe is laid-back.  For every person racing to catch a train, there are three people laughing over espresso in a sidewalk café; that’s the beauty of the city, but it’s fun to see it transform for a night, too.

I don’t have a camera that takes great night-time shots, but I thought I’d share some, anyway:

yep, that's a giant keyboard banner on the side of the building!

tunes at a café in the Marais

a dj platform takes over an otherwise quiet passage lined with cafés

a drummers' brigade in the shadows of the Centre Pompidou

a cd player and speaker are the only instruments for this "down-and-dirty" act.....

....and the act's 'performer'.

Moving on to the Banana Café....

...and entertainment of a different sort.

sweets to keep revelers rockin' throughout the night

young rockers on the elegant Île de la Cité

across the river, I spot a private party on a houseboat. i'm feeling slightly jealous.

in front of the Institute de France

a band plays - decked out in pink

ah, that's why everyone is carrying a cup of beer on the streets- tonight it's sold 'to go'

jazz performers in St. Germain des Prés

my final 'show' of the night, outside the subway that will take me home


Alors, à demain,



One Response to “Fête de la Musique”


  1. An artsy pick-me-up « One Stylish Life - June 28, 2011

    […] past week has been wondrously full of events in Paris, with Fête de la Musique, the opening of the soldes season; the city has been buzzing.  The one huge downer has been the […]

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