Chi­nese and French Bands Per­form at Fêt­ede­la­musique

Beijing (English) - - INFO -

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.

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