On the longest day of the year, the city of light pounds to the beat of an all-day music marathon. Open to all, Fete de la Musique events are performed for free in streets, parks, public buildings, train stations and museums throughout France. From budding X-factor protegees to orchestras and operas, the event popularises music for all and has now spread to more than 100 countries worldwide. If you’ve ever dreamt of giving up the day job, grab your guitar and book your Eurostar ticket now.
For one special day of the year, unruly Parisian drivers are forced to seek alternative routes as whirling dervishes, Nubian drummers and Tahitian dancers take to the streets.
Fete de la Musique takes place on the 21st June each year.