French cultural export in Berlin
The citywide open-air festival attracts thousands of visitors every year to welcome the calendrical summer with music.
On around 100 stages spread across all twelve districts, Berlin musicians provide free concert enjoyment. All musical styles are represented, performed by amateurs and professionals free of charge.
The Fête de la Musique - a success story
On the initiative of the French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang, the Fête de la Musique was held for the first time in Paris in 1982. The basic idea is to strengthen people's enthusiasm for music and at the same time to welcome the summer musically and accessible to all free of charge. The popular festival quickly spreads beyond the country's borders and also reaches Berlin in 1995, where it has since become one of the most popular events in the city's calendar of events.
In addition to the many recurring locations, new stages are added each year. The metropolitan areas with a particularly large number of venues include, for example, the old town of Spandau, Friedrichshain, Prenzlauer Berg or even Unter den Linden.
Since 2018, there has been an annually changing partner district, which is particularly in the focus of the events.
But the program is by no means limited to the official participants - in all public places, streets or even green spaces, spontaneous street music may be made thanks to an exemption permit.
The opportunity is also gladly used by many amateur musicians, who celebrate the most diverse musical styles on the most diverse instruments.
Numerous locations direct their offer especially to families with children, who are invited to sing along, make music and dance.
Fête de la Nuit
If you still feel like partying and listening to music together after the open-air events have ended, then start the late-night program with the Fête de la Nuit.
Around 30 venues such as bars, pubs or clubs move the party indoors from 10 p.m. on night stages.
The highlights of the Fete de la Musique
- Singers, musicians and bands participate free of charge in events throughout the city.
- The entire capital of Berlin will become an open-air stage, open to anyone who wants to perform music.
- A special family program will be offered at about 16 locations, where children can try out musical instruments, among other things.
- There is a unique atmosphere in the metropolis of Berlin on this day. At night, music continues in clubs and bars.
The "Festival of Music" is celebrated in over 500 cities worldwide on June 21 and has a long tradition in the German capital.
Things to know about the popular city festival
- The Fête de la Musique takes place every year on June 21 in the period from 16:00 to 22:00.
- After that, the concerts move indoors As a non-commercial festival, the performances are all free of charge for you, of course.
- As there will be numerous road closures on this day, we recommend that you use public transportation to commute between the venues.