Chinese and French Bands Perform at Fêtedelamusique
The sixth Fête de la Musique was held in Beijing from June 18 to 21, 2017. This event is jointly organised by Beijing Fête de la Musique, Chinese and French volunteers Group and the French Embassy in China. A number of French and Chinese bands including the five rising French bands Taiwan MC, Colours in the Street, King Krab, French 79 and Las Aves, participated and gave live performances at over 20 free concerts.
Fête de la Musique is a large-scale music event for the public started by Jack Lang, then the French Minister of Culture, in 1982. This event, featuring jazz, pop, rock, classical and other music genres has achieved success from the beginning. It aims to popularise live music through various free concerts, provide a platform for new bands to get stage experience and promote venues for live performances.
The sixth annual Fête de la Musique is one of the important events of the 12th Festival Croisements. In 2016, the event attracted 3.8 million live, TV and PPTV audiences from China and was one of the most popular cultural exchange events organised by the French embassy in China. This year, Fête de la Musique continues its partnership with PPTV to stream live concerts recorded using virtual reality. Cui Jian, a Chinese rock legend who attended the Fête de la Musique in 1989, has been chosen as the ambassador of this year's event. To provide greater support for bands participating in the event, the committee organised a sound engineering workshop in the beginning of June 2017.
Today, Fête de la Musique is a celebrated event organised throughout 450 cities in 100 countries. Over the past 11 years, the event has been held in many Chinese cities. This year, in addition to Beijing, it was held in nine other Chinese cities: Shanghai, Ningbo, Chengdu, Wuhan, Shenyang, Shunde, Taiyuan, Changsha and Chongqing.