(Children in Nantes, western France, joining the festivities. Photo: AFP)
Most events begin at 2pm and run till around 11pm, although many will go on much later.
“The Day of Music Festival is an opportunity to share a simple celebration around the diversity and spirit of music,” said the Minister of Culture, Françoise Nyssen.
“It is more than an extraordinary evening party, it is the symbol of an ambition, that exceeds June 21st and which drives us every day of the year,” she told Le Parisien.
There are thousands of free events around the country for the public to get involved in, including choirs, DJ sets, classic music, rock and pop – something to suit all tastes.
And this year, for the first time, the Ministry of Culture is organizing six regional concerts in Château-Arnoux-Saint-Auban (Alpes-de-Haute-Provence), Verdun (Meuse), Château-Thierry (Aisne), Marsillargues (Herault), Pacy-sur-Eure (Eure) and Pierrefitte-sur-Seine (Seine-Saint-Denis) instead of the traditional concert given in the gardens of the Palais-Royal in Paris.
Nyssen said the programme was “accessible for all, with amateur musicians and professionals” as well musicians known internationally.
Go to fetedelamusique.fr for more information on events happening up and down France.
(People dance on the street in Lyon, central France. Photo: AFP)