Photo: Mzee Bongo kenyan artist in France
Today 21 June marks the longest day of the year and to celebrate this in France its been a tradition to do it in music since 1982.
The Fête de la Musique is an annual music celebration that takes place on 21 June. On Music Day the citizens of a city or country are allowed and urged to play music outside in their neighborhoods or in public spaces and parks. Free concerts are also organized, where musicians play for fun and not for payment.
The first all-day musical celebration on the day of the solstice was originated by the French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang, and by Maurice Fleuret, and was first celebrated in Paris in 1982.
Its a very popular events that takes more than 10 million people in the streets of France in one night.
There are thousands of free events around the country for the public to get involved in, including choirs, DJ sets, classic music, rock and pop – something to suit all tastes.