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Worldwide Celebration of Music
Do you want to be part of something BIG? Something GLOBAL? Then make sure you are part of Fete de la Musique, which is a worldwide celebration of music. And we've got a local celebration happening right here in Melbourne!
As you might guess by the name, Fete de la Musique ('FDLM') originated in France, at the initiation of an obviously very enlightened Minister of Culture, Jack Lang. He appointed Maurice Fleuret as Director of Music and Dance. Fleuret, analysing a study conducted in 1982 on the cultural habits of the French, realised that 50% of children played a musical instrument. That led to his vision - that people would bring music to the streets. That was the basis of the first,FDLM in Paris in 1982.
FDLM has since become an international phenomenon, celebrated on the same day in more than 460 cities in 110 countries. The aim remains to encourage people to bring music to the streets. Therefore, in Paris (as in many other cities), all FDLM sanctioned concerts must be free to the public, and the performers must donate their time for free also.
Which brings us to Melbourne, and our local celebration of FDLM!
Presented by Alliance Française Melbourne and hosted by Master of Ceremonies extraordinaire, Brian Nankervis, the 2014 FDLM will be held at St Kilda's Esplanade Hotel ('the Espy') on Friday 20th June from 7.00pm until around 3am. There is a great line up of FREE entertainment. The program consists of:
Tequila Mockingbyrd @7.30pm
A mix of rock/pop/punk, Tequila Mockingbyrd's sound is like 'a cocktail of Clutch, The Living End and Arctic Monkeys with a chaser of AC/DC'.
Local band Animaux is a blend of jazz, pop, funk and soul, combined with amazing technical skills.
Melbourne band Animaux is part of the line up
The Cumbia Cosmonauts @10.15pm
Melbourne phenomenon the Cumbia Cosmonauts combine 'infectious Caribbean offbeat rhythms with raw Afro Sounds and Jamaican dub elements to create a truly distinct sound'. Here's an example of their music:
The Cambodian Space Project @11.45pm - headline act
Mixing classic Cambodian Rock with Khmer Surin dance grooves, acid rock, charging guitars and terrific mixes on the vocals this is definitely a modern rock band. Formed in Phnom-Penh in 2009, the CSP has now toured the world.
Headline act - The Cambodian Space Project
Alliance Française is also running a competition as part of the celebration. Prizes include a 20 hour French language course and tickets to So Frenchy So Chic in the Park. To enter go to the FDLM Facebook page.
It sounds like FDLM in Melbourne will be very special this year, make sure you don't miss out!