Celebration of the World Music Day (Fête de la Musique)
21 June 2016:
Fête de la Musique / World Music Day was celebrated on June 21st at the Alliance Française de Katmandou. There were performances by artists such as Sheren Shrestha, Manda Band, Dissonance, Treble Clef, Mukut, The Trio, and Alien Panda, along with five other bands.
You will find below some photos and a speech by the French Ambassador.
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Speech given by the French Ambassador, Mr Yves Carmona, at the occasion of Fête de la Musique
Namaste, good evening everybody.
Music can express every feeling, joy and sadness, bliss and anger.
Music can express all these feelings with or without words. As I am not able to perform good music for you tonight, I will say a few words.
Fête de la Musique was launched in 1982 by then Minister of Culture Jack Lang with a very simple idea. Anyone is entitled to play music, anyone should be able to perform music on a free stage, at least once a year, and he chose that symbolic day of the summer solstice, when daylight is the longest in the year. That is precisely the 21st June.
This time, it is the 35th edition of Fête de la Musique. In France, 10 million people, in every city or village, celebrate. In 1982, playing music was very exclusive but now more than 5 million French people play an instrument, many of them with one single concert date in mind : the next fête de la Musique !
With time it has become the international music day, a world wide event taken place in 120 countries, including Nepal, which is no surprise for a country with such a rich and diverse heritage.
Fête de la Musique is matter to rejoice, but this year’s theme is : “la Musique est plus forte que…” Music is stronger than…
Stronger than what ? As you know, on the 13th November 2015, a few barbarians killed 130 people in Paris, including 90 of them in a popular concert hall. What they attacked was fun, pleasure, social life, enjoying music together. We overcame that tragedy because music is stronger than hate, stronger than obscurantism. Other similar attacks happened in other places, including a disco in the US last week.
Yesterday, 14 people including 12 Nepalis were killed in Afghanistan, by the same bunch of barbarians, and I am sincerely sorry for that.
The killers want to drive our countries back to a non-civilized era, where all kinds of pleasure are forbidden, including music and dance, where girls and women have no rights, where ethnic and religious diversity are condemned.
They will not win because
“music is stronger than hate”, so let me wish you a pleasant “fête de la musique” in Katmandou !