Make Music – a 30-year old global event!
Make Music Vancouver isn’t a stand-alone event – it is part of a global live music celebration that takes place every year on June 21st in over a hundred countries!
Where and how did it all start? Well, once upon a time in 1981, in a land not so far away called France, a study came out which revealed that a large part of the population, including half of all children, played a musical instrument. And so a few visionaries at the French Ministry of Culture started dreaming up a way to bring people out on the streets to share their music – they called it “La Fete de la Musique.”
The first Fete de la Musique took place in Paris on June 21st, 1982. Thousands of amateur and professional musicians flooded the streets of the capital and, to the delight of crowds of dancing spectators, ushered in the first day of summer to the sounds of an impressive diversity of musical genres.
The following year the event started spreading to other French cities, and in 1985, beyond France’s borders. Today, thanks to the impulse and the dynamism of the French cultural network abroad and to the dedication of countless volunteers, la Fete de la Musique, also known as “Make Music,” is celebrated in over 450 cities worldwide.
And in 2011, la Fete de la Musique finally made its way to Vancouver! That first year, 20,000 people, including hundreds of musicians and volunteers, converged on Gastown to experience Make Music Vancouver. The event was such a success that the following year, in 2012, Water Street was closed to traffic, thus creating a huge outdoor public space, and over 25,000 visitors made the streets of Gastown their dance floor.
Join us on June 21st for the third Vancouver edition of the biggest global live music celebration!
“C’ÉTAIT TOUT-À-FAIT GÉNIAL!!!
IT was wonderful. Nice ambiance, great artists, nice people walking in the streets.
Restaurants were full. I will do it next year. I will recommend it to every one.
I did not know my city was that nice. It is a part of the city that I usually drive thru without having the time to see the stores and the restaurants. By having the chance to walk safely through it, it made me discovering stores and rests that I’m going to visit and try during the summer.
Bravo to the creators and all the volunteers, bravo to the mayor for making this possible to live. I was proud of my city, proud of our artists, proud of that neighborhood that until yesterday, I thought was a rough area, It is not! Believe me!” Diane Goulet
“Amazing Festival . Great Musician’s. Missing some more food and drink stalls. Looking forward.
Thanks to the all creative Soul’s who make this event possible. Keep up. Vancouver Rock’s.” Balraj Sivia
“Good Voice Vancouver” MIN JUN LU
“Had an amazing time tonight – such a fantastic event! Our 5 year old daughter loved it as well 🙂 Great opportunity o hear some awesome local music! Thank you!” Jacqueline
“In town from NW Ontario, checked your event out tonight. Good stuff . Lots of different talent. Nice night. Congrats to the organizers and all the volunteers. Great job!! Keep up the good work.” Barb Marusyk
“Awesome. Please keep this event going.” Jenny NZ
“Looking forward to some amazing music and a great atmosphere” From Yonah
“Looking forward to listening to music with the rest of the world in Vancouver!” From Carl
“I’m a student who is learning English in Vancouver. I’m eagerly looking forward to enjoying the time with amazing music!” From hyunyoung park.