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Fête de la Musique

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Every year on June 21, Berliners celebrate the beginning of summer with an open-air music festival. At the Fête de la Musique, musicians and bands play live music in the streets of Berlin for free.

Bonjour au Soleil - a greeting to the sun! Every year at the beginning of summer, Berlin celebrates the Fête de la Musique. The citywide open-air music festival is a French tradition and has been celebrated annually in Berlin since 1995. Amateurs and professionals of all musical styles and genres show off their skills in public for free.

Live Music All over the City

Thanks to a special permit for street musicians, acoustic music can be played on public streets, squares and green spaces throughout Berlin from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on June 21, provided it does not disturb facilities worthy of protection, such as hospitals, schools or memorials. Musicians are expected to play at more than 80 locations all over Berlin.

Fête de la Nuit: Music and Dance after Dark

Fête de la Musique doesn't have to end at 10 p.m. - nearly 30 locations offer music and dancing well into the night. Many clubs, cafés, bars and pubs already open their doors in the afternoon and then continue indoors after 10 p.m.

History of the Fête de la Musique

The Fête de la Musique was founded by Jack Lang, the then French Minister of Culture in Paris in 1982. In the beginning the festival was a humble burst of musical idealism. Within three decades it became a global success and attracts players and listeners all over the world today.

At a Glance

Fête de la Musique 2024
Numerous locations all over Berlin
21 June 2024
Admission Fee

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Source: BerlinOnline/Fête Company

Last edited: 4 July 2023