Fête de la Musique

The French music scene is quite diverse, and the best way to experience it would be to celebrate 'Fête de la Musique' in France. Originating in Paris and now an international phenomenon, it was in 1981 when the then Minister of Culture in Paris Jack Lang, put forth the concept of an all-day musical celebration. Since 1982, on 21st June every year, musicians gather around street corners and in the narrow streets of many historic cities of France, and put forth their creative best.

Welcome the first day of summer in France with pomp, for there is music to suit everybody's ears. Choirs, operas, orchestras and other performance groups, from professional to amateur musicians, reach out to audiences of all ages and backgrounds, bringing the world together through music. Anyone can participate, whether it is a private or public business, music associations, schools or musically themed cafés, restaurants and bars. A lot of laughter, dancing and drinking surrounds the celebration, making it an ideal way to revel with your group of friends all night long. All concerts are free and are staged outside, and allow you to discover the city in a more personal manner, its people and their gaiety. It is also a great way to discover local musicians and bands.

Hit the streets of lively areas in Paris such as Montmartre, the Marais or the Latin Quarter or uncork a bottle of wine in front of the Place du Capitole in Toulouse-wherever you are, the Fête de la Musique has no language barrier, here it's the music that unites.

So wave your arms, jump high and sway your hips to new musical trends- from classic music to jazz, reggae and pop. Don't worry about going back early to your hotel, for the metro is functional the entire night on this day, just like on Nuit Blanche. (As the sun goes down and into the night, rediscover a part of the city and the region through special presentations and events for little-known sites.