In an attempt to look for the Manila version of Coachella or Woodstock, I found myself excitedly waiting for Fête de la Musique Philippines 2011. Sure, it’s not exactly a Rolling Stones festival, but it has gained global recognition since it was launched in 1982.
It takes place every third week of June, the end of the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere. The first Fête de la Musique was held in Paris in 1982, and has spread out to more than a hundred countries in Europe and all over the world.
This year, Manila’s Fête de la Musique featured three divisions—a jazz fest at the Ayala Museum on June 16, a mini music fest at Sofitel Manila and Shangri-La Plaza on June 18, and the culminating grand Fête at Fort Plaza, Bonifacio Global City on June 25. I skipped the first two and headed straight to the Fort.
Friends have been inviting me to Fête for the past five years, but I didn’t give in until last week. Little did I know that I was in for a treat. There’s nothing like a night of free shows spread out in different establishments that are walking distance from each other. With 14 musical genres to choose from, I found myself bopping with an eclectic mix of music lovers from all walks of life.
Merci beaucoup, Embassy of France to the Philippines, French Alliance in Manila, and the Arts in the City of Taguig City for this night of revelry!