The city as a stage, summer as an occasion: Berlin celebrates Fête de la Musique!

BERLINERS! Save the date! On June 21, Berlin welcomes the summer with the Fête de la Musique. This wonderful tradition has been upheld in the capital for over 20 years, and in the mother country France for as long as 36 years. However, there are some innovations this year: Dr. Klaus Lederer, Senator for Culture and Europe, opens the Fête de la Musique the evening before, on June 20th, in the Theater an der Parkaue with a thoroughly international program of music. The location for this prelude has not been chosen for nothing, since for the first time a particular district (Lichtenberg) will be having a little special attention paid to it.

The programme does however traditionally take place on 21st June at over 100 locations across all districts of the town, and ranges from musical obstacle courses through the allotments on Bornholmer Brücke, choir concerts in the Nikolai quarter, to sound installations in front of the Science Center Spectrum. Find out more at the FACEBOOK Event

In 2018, too, Berlin and numerous cities around the world will be celebrating the summer solstice with a festival of music. While the future of the Fete de la Musique was until quite recently still up in the air, we’re delighted that it will after all continue to transform the city on the 21st June to a riotously colourful and happily noisy music festival that’s free and open for everyone.

Once again this year, music enthusiasts of all levels will be transforming rooves, benches, ships, allotments, bars, Spätis, daycare centers, you name it, into stages – to celebrate music, summer, peace, neighbourliness and general good vibes. The Berliners and their guests will be able to enjoy free admission to a hugely varied music program running throughout the city.

Lichtenberg will be the focus of this year’s Fête de la Musique – because Berlin also has an extensive and active music scene, a diverse musical culture, and a range of impressive initiatives outside the more obvious neighbourhoods. Venues in Lichtenberg that will be joining the Fête de la Musique for the first time will be showing what the district has to offer musically. And also for the first time, there’ll be an opening party on the night of the 20th in the Theater am Parkaue in Lichtenberg, a venue that has also settled comfortably into the district’s cultural landscape.

Opening evening on 20 June in the Theater an der Parkaue

6 pm – 11 pm: The evening will be hosted by Berlin’s Senator for Culture and Europe Dr. Klaus Lederer. Live concerts by Adam Wendler and the orchestra project Bridges – Music Connects.

Theater an der Parkaue

Parkaue 29

10367 Berlin

Fête de la Musique on 21 June in all twelve districts of Berlin

4 – 10 p.m.: Fête de la Musique on stages, ceilings and in gardens

from 10 pm: Fête de la Nuit in indoor clubs, cafés, bars and pubs

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