The Fête de la Musique will be back in the Grand Duchy on Friday, 16 June 2017. The event will involve more than 4,000 young musicians and established performers in the street throughout the country, in honour of the 16th edition of this popular event, which will continue until 21 June.
As usual, the Fête de la Musique will welcome many visitors, particularly on the stages set up in the participating towns. With more than 250 free street concerts and open-air sound shows, this major event has become the Grand Duchy's leading cultural happening.
Dedicated to renewal
Following on from a 2016 edition which attracted more than 40,000 music fans, the event's organisers have really stepped it up this year, with a host of new features. The number of venues in Luxembourg City has been doubled (with a total of 22), the town of Dudelange - where the event is already at its 24th consecutive edition - has just added another stage devoted to folk and blues. The latter will see performances by the Reluctant Dragon formation and the local band Heavy Petrol.
But the cities of Luxembourg and Dudelange are not hosting the major part of the events of this great musical happening. Steinfort will be taking part in the event for the first time this year, with a number of concerts programmed over four days. In Kayl, the event will take a particular slant by featuring local bands, with John Rech's Dream Catcher among the performers.
The 2017 edition also features new timings. First thing in the morning - at 7 a.m. - anyone in the vicinity of Luxembourg's railway station and the Bouillon P+R car park will be able to dance along to a range of rhythms before they start their day's work.
For classical music fans, the highlight will no doubt be the concert by the OPL on 21 June, held this year not at the Knuedler but at the Kinnékswiss.
The Fête de la Musique began in 1982, launched by France's Minister for Culture at the time, Jack Lang. The event has since gone global. These days it is celebrated in more than a hundred countries all over the world.
(article written by the editorial team of the portal luxembourg.lu)