Sydney Music Festival brings the Fête de la musique to Manly next Sunday

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Next Sunday in Manly, Sydney Music Festival will celebrate the Fête de la musique, a worldwide annual tradition celebrating music of all genres and of all levels. 2022 marks the 40th year of the Fête de la musique, which is held annually on 21 June – the day of the Summer Solstice in the Northern Hemisphere – the longest day of the year.

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History of the Fête de la musique

In 1981, Maurice Fleuret was appointed Director of Music and Dance by the then Minister of Culture, Jack Lang. Declaring that « music will be everywhere and concert nowhere », he organised the first Fête de la musique in 1982 which sees musicians playing until late in the night in the streets, squares, courtyards, gardens, train stations and more. It brought out people who would wander from one musician to another.


By 1985, the movement had expanded across Europe and within just 10 years there were 85 countries on 5 continents holding their own Fête de la musique. In 2017, the event was held across more than 120 countries!


Australia celebrates the Fête de la musique under the moniker Make Music Day.

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Some of the posters advertising the Fête de la Musique in France


Music at Sydney Music Festival

Sydney Music Festival will showcase music performers of various styles and experience with a French flair. Across 5 stages, you can expect to hear everything from French classics, French jazz, Mauritian through to rock, blues, funk soul, and R&B just to name a few. There is also a kids stage where you can hear keyboards, drumming and the Manly Village School Choir among others.


Musicians performing at Sydney Music Festival include:

  • Christelle Nativel;
  • Phoenix Flame;
  • Emma Hamilton;
  • The Anna Weaving Collective;
  • Hollandaise Nieuw;
  • K-Note;
  • Jenna & the Breakdown;
  • Children of the Universe;
  • Bateria;
  • The Meldrums;
  • The Durham Project;
  • La Faya;
  • Greg Duke;
  • The Whiskey Brothers;
  • The Con#Scripts;
  • Groove Pilot;
  • Will Clift;
  • Jonah & the Wailers;
  • The 45’s;
  • The Blenders;
  • Kiltir Tropical;
  • Evergree; and
  • Taiyo Marchand.

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Food & wine

Sydney Music Festival has carefully curated a delicious range of food and wine to cater to the whole family:

  • crêpes and coffee from The French Counter
  • gnocchi from The Art of Gnocchi
  • paella from Ola Lola
  • croissants and pastries from Tonton Bread
  • cannelés and madeleines from Sacrebleu!
  • Mauritian street food and baguette sandwiches from The Baguette Brothers
  • multicultural Australian fusion cuisine from Zing Fresh Catering
  • French ciders from Fils de Pomme



WHEN: Sunday 19 June, 9AM to 4PM

WHERE: St Paul’s College, 124 Darley Road MANLY 2095 NSW

HOW MUCH: Entry is free!

How: Register your attendance via

You can also follow Sydney Music Festival on Facebook at:


For other events with French links happening this month, check out our What’s on in June


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The Fête de la musique 2020 : a very different festival

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The Fête de la musique 2020 is on today, as it is every year on 21 June (the date stays the same because it is the Summer solstice (for those in the Northern Hemisphere). But even if the date is the same, the Fête de la musique will not be like previous festivals. Musicians will not fill streets across France but all is not lost. In Australia, we are lucky to be able to listen and watch events from the Fête de la musique in France thanks to social media and streaming. Largely, the Fête de la musique 2020 will be online.


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Jean-Michel Jarre ” Seuls ensemble” (alone together): a virtual reality concert

Jean-Michel Jarre will broadcast a musical performance from his studio for the Fête de la musique 2020. He can also be simultaneously present in the form of an avatar on VRrOOm in front of an audience of avatars from across the world.


The concert will be streamed in real time from Jarre’s studio thanks to cameras installed on VRChat which will capture the performance and transmit it to the YouTube channels of the French Ministère de la Culture and Jean-Michel Jarre himself.


This concert starts at 9:30pm French time so if you wake up early Monday morning, you may still be able to watch it.


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Hall de la chanson

According to the official Fête de la musique website in France, there will be a Bal ménager de Boris Vian on Facebook and YouTube. There, you will be connected to the Hall de la chanson and you can dance and sing along. The only problem is that for us in Australia it’s going to be quite late as it kicks off at 6pm French time which is 3:30am AEST and 1:30am Perth time.



The Fête de la Musique is celebrated all around the world. The Institut Français is organising a digital edition with French artists from around the world. More than 50 events and a 100 or so artists will be there for your discovery on the interactive platform Mélo (


What the France/Bandsintown/SACEM

What the France is bringing you a day of live concerts that you can watch at home.

Fête de la musique 2020

From 4pm to 1:30am French time, there will be back to back half-hour concerts. So with the time difference you may be able to listen to the early and late concerts and sleep in between!


Go to this link for more details




Adelaide: UNESCO City of Music

Adelaide, which was designated as the first and only City of Music in Australia, is now a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. For the Fête de la Musique, Adelaide will collaborate with other UNESCO Cities of Music from across the globe for a worldwide online event. For this, Adelaide has curated a program from 5 South Australian artists. You can watch their contributions here:


You can also watch the fruits of the collaboration with the other cities at the below link



Alliance Française de Canberra

Benjamin Piat, a French singer, will perform an exclusive concert for the Alliance Française de Canberra live from France! He will sing songs from his world tour called « FrenchyParty » and will answer your questions after the performance.

It only costs $5 to participate in this event and the money will be sent to Benjamin Piat.

Buy your access to this exclusive concert by this link:


Alliance Française de Perth

Suzette Collective will perform an exclusive live concert which will be streamed between 2pm and 5pm Perth time.

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Alliance Française de Sydney

The Alliance Française de Sydney hasn’t organised any of its own events for La fête de la musique 2020 but they have selected concerts from all the genres that you can watch online at your leisure.


Alliance Française de Townsville

Today, 21 June, the Alliance Française de Townsville offers you live performances from Lettuce Dance Band, Simply Squeezebox and Colin Lillie. You will be able to listen to and see artists from all around the world and (re)discover francophone music on Triple T with Dany.

Take a look at the program here



So Frenchy So Chic Radio

In celebration of Fête de la Musique 2020, So Frenchy So chic has launched So Frenchy So Chic Radio.



15 years ago, before the SFSC festival even existed, So Frenchy So Chic shared French music via its compilation albums. The adventure continues with 800+ songs curated across 11 playlists just for you.


Expect to discover the artists of the Yéyé-era, the composers behind the most beloved French films, the entire history of SFSC (including all compilations in their original sequence), the poets of the Chanson Française era, jazz and today’s hottest sounds.


You can tune in to So Frenchy So Chic radio via streaming services: Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube.


How are you going to celebrate the Fête de la Musique 2020? Who is your favourite French artist?



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