With concerts, screenings and workshops, Fete de la Musique is back
Hoping to become one of the city’s permanent fixtures—much like the December Margazhi season—is Fete de la Musique, the annual music extravaganza that is celebrated globally (across 700 cities). Jointly organised by The Rhapsody Music Foundation, Alliance Française of Madras, Goethe-Institut Chennai, InKo Centre, KM Music Conservatory (KMMC), Musee Musicals and EarthSync, the fifth edition is kicking off across various centres in the city between June 15 and 21. This year will have over 25 concerts, workshops and documentaries (in comparison to last year’s eight) featuring an even playing field of professionals and emerging artists.
Look forward to violinist Christian Tetzlaff and the German National Youth Orchestra at the Goethe-Institut Chennai, violinist Karthick Iyer at the Musee Musicals Auditorium, drumming band The Fighters at the Alliance Francaise and a showcase of Korean instruments at the InKo Centre. The festival will also see the screening of documentaries like Crossing The Bridge – The Sound of Istanbul by award-winning director Fatih Akin and Les Fils Du Vent (on the gypsy jazz tradition) by Bruno Le Jean.
But for Pierre Emmanual Jacob, director of Alliance Francaise, this year’s festival is all about increasing the number of amateur bands. “We want Fete de la Musique to be a platform for beginners to share their talent and passion with the public, and a place where emerging artists are exposed to the international music scene,” he says.
Another highlight will be the musical workshops, conducted at corporation and private schools, by members of Rhapsody and KMMC.
“The event is a celebration of music and through it, we’re bridging cultural gaps around the world,” signs off Jacob.
June 15-21. Details: goethe.de/chennai