Fete de la Musique, a traditional French festival of music organised by the French Embassy, is held every year on June 21
18 July 2013| Last updated on 14 June 2017
Fete de la Musique also known as Music Day originated in France in 1982. It is known as the day when all things musical are celebrated and not only in France but throughout the world. The Fete does not compromise of just French music but also the traditional music of the country that is celebrating. Today it is celebrated around the world on the 21st of June every year.
The Fete de la Musique is such an international festival and is celebrated in a hundred countries over five continents and is a day where music culture is spread far and wide. In Oman this festival is celebrated in order to enhance both the Omani musical culture and the French. Both amateur and professional musicians are encouraged to perform at this event in order to promote themselves as musicians and the musical culture of Oman or the country that they are representing. It is seen as a festival that bridges cultural and racial gaps through the music that everyone loves and can relate to.
Interestingly the festival was first proposed by an American, who was living in France at the time. Joel Cohen, in 1976 suggested the Fete as an all-night musical fiesta in order to celebrate the summer solstice. Cohen was, at that time, employed at a French radio station. The idea was taken up by French Music and Dance director Maurice Fleuret for Minister of Culture Jack Lang in 1981 and the first ever Fete de la Musique was celebrated the following year. Since then it has spread far and wide throughout Europe, North and South America, and Australasia and has been growing ever since.
The festival is an annual event in Muscat and is organized by the French Embassy. In 2012 they collaborated with the Ministry of Heritage and Culture to make the event even more spectacular. If you are in Muscat in June EW recommends attending this festival that highlights culture and music. There is usually a free concert. The Ras Al Hamra Music Ensemble, composed of PDO employees and their families, hosts five concerts a year – two ensemble concerts (one in a wadi!), one piano evening, and two childrens concerts. Contact Pat Wind (Chairperson), on 24 678 522, or RAHRC (PDO) office (24 677 321) for timings. Admission is free.