Fête de la Musique is a fantastic French holiday which, in my opinion, ought to be adapted in America with more frequency. It is a festival of music which marks the beginning of Summer.
The Sofitel Philadelphia is pulling out all the stops for this year’s celebration and you are invited!. If FREE crepes and the musical stylings of Edith Piaf by The Bearded Ladies Cabaret aren’t enough to make you dance, what will?
A bit of history for you: the idea for this holiday was actually first broached in 1976 by American musician Joel Cohen, who was then employed by the national French radio station, France Musique. Cohen proposed an all-night music celebration at the moment of the summer solstice. The idea was taken up by French Music and Dance director Maurice Fleuret for Minister of Culture, Jack Lang in 1981 and first took place in 1982 in Paris.
Granted, because the French tend to take long vacations over the summer, (read: take the entire summer off), they have more to celebrate at the start of the season. But it still couldn’t hurt for us to dedicate a warm June afternoon to dancing, music, and delicious food, right?