CLIENT: MUSOMAP

One Weekend Of Local Music, Right Around Australia And The World!

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Australians of all walks of life will take their instruments out in public this June 21­ – 23 as part of Fête de la Musique, also known as World Music Day.

Already events are scheduled in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne, with music lovers right around the nation anticipated to stage their very own.

Sydney event organiser and Musomap Founding Director Kahne Raja said the weekend would bring people together is more ways than one.

“Fête de la Musique is all about making music locally, and along the way meeting people in your area,” Mr Raja said.

“It’s not about famous musicians or people coming from New York or Paris to play, it’s about us playing music for each other.

“It’s exciting and intimate, no stages or lighting, just the sounds of the neighbourhood. This is music for us, by us!”

Musicians from all over Brisbane have registered to take part in the largest Fête de la Musique in Australia.

Brisbane City Council has been swamped with participants, ranging from a capella barbershop quartet to a school performance to a rock cover band.

Lord Mayor Graham Quirk said musicians would be out in force right across Brisbane, performing in libraries, on public transport, in Fortitude Valley, the Queen Street Mall and South Bank.

“This is about enhancing Brisbane’s reputation as a vibrant and creative city, and supporting the abundance of local talent who live here,” Cr Quirk said.

“For some artists, this will be their first performance in front of a large audience, so I encourage people to get out there and show their support.”

In Melbourne a chamber music concert will be staged at the Sofitel, evoking the musical salons of the 1920s.

Organised by Music and the City’s Director Clare Barrins, Melbourne’s offering promises to be sophisticated and elegant.

“Melburnians will discover the talent in their backyards, when amateur and professional string and wind musicians join together to delight local music lovers,” Ms Barrins said.

“Music and the City is an organisation that creates an opportunity for musicians to play with like­minded people in a fun and sophisticated atmosphere.

“This is a great event for the many professional Melburnians who enjoy playing musical instruments, but could never find the time to join a regular orchestra or meet other musicians.”

Sydney organiser Mr Raja said anyone wanting to register their own event could go to www.musomap.com to get started.

The event is also being supported by Musomap ­ The Global Map of Musicians, City of Sydney, Brisbane City Council, APRA | AMCOS, Music and the City (Melbourne), Catch Communications and the French Ministry of Culture and Communication with the international coordination of the Fête de la Musique.

More local event details:

Brisbane
Sign up to Brisbane’s Fête de la Musique Facebook page for the latest information and tips on catching performances on the day.
http://www.facebook.com/FetedelaMusiqueBrisbane

Melbourne
Music and the City: Fête de la Musique
Friday June 21 2013, 6:30pm.
Sofi’s Lounge – Sofitel Melbourne
25 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
www.facebook.com/events/225087074282555

Sydney
Fête de la Musique Sydney 2013 – Saturday June 22!
Saturday June 22 2013, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Wentworth Park
Ultimo, Sydney NSW 2007
www.facebook.com/events/138535913000668

Background:

The Fête de la Musique, also known as World Music Day, is a music festival taking place on June 21. World Music Day is a day on which the world celebrates the magical gift of music.

The idea of the World Music Day was conceptualized first in France in 1976 by American musician Joel Cohen who proposed an all­night music celebration to mark the beginning 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.

Ever since, the festival has become an international phenomenon, celebrated on the same day in more than 460 cities in 110 countries, including Germany, Italy, Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Australia, Vietnam, Congo, Cameroon, Fiji, Colombia, Chile, Nepal, and Japan.

For media enquiries and to arrange interviews contact

Brisbane:

Brisbane City Council ­
Fete De La Musique
fetedelamusique@brisbane.qld.gov.au
(07) 3403 8888

Sydney:

Musomap Sydney
info@musomap.com
+614 (0) 21829847

Melbourne:

Music and the City
musicandthecity@gmail.com
+614 (0) 457 941 097