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!