The renowned French music party, Fête de la Musique, will return to the Philippine stage on June 23, 29 and 30 to bring together a wide variety of talents, who will showcase their love for music, arts and culture. To amplify the music experience, its organizers, Alliance Francaise de Manille, in partnership with B-Side Productions and the Embassy of France to the Philippines, launches its newest mobile application, Fête PH, to help music fans navigate the whole festival with ease.
According to Dondi Chiongbian, president of app maker Bizooku Philippines, “Fête PH is designed to communicate festival updates with its audiences in real time.” The app gathers all relevant information that Fête goers need to know, including the schedule of performances in the main and pocket stages. It also features different tabs including one with maps, and detailed addresses of all the venues for this year’s festival, and another one which shows the nearest areas to dine and drink near the music venues.
“Would there be any changes in the program, we’d be able to inform everyone quickly through push notifications,” Chiongbian adds. While the app is yet to feature a live streaming option, it will contain video highlights of selected performances.
“As Fête de la Musique gets bigger, we would like to give music fans in the Philippines the best festival experience in every way possible. With the help of the mobile app, we are one step closer to that goal by keeping up with the times when everything is searchable online,” says Jean-Pierre Dumont, executive director of Alliance Francaise de Manille.
Fête PH is now available for download on Google Play and the App Store
A multi-stage, multi-genre
In keeping up with the French tradition of celebrating World Music Day, the event will feature multi-genre performances (from pop-rock to hip-hop, reggae to classical, electronic to jazz) on different stages across the country.
Now on its 24th run in the Philippines, Fête de la Musique will open in Makati City with an eclectic music treat from top bands and rising local acts such as Ourselves the Elves, Pedicab, Orange and Lemons, Brass Pas Pas Pas Pas, Kjwan, Motherbass, BP Valenzuela and many more. Performances will take place at the same time at the A Venue Open Parking and Greenbelt 3 Park.
Simultaneous feats will roll out, as well in more than 35 thematic pocket stages, scattered across different bars, restaurants, artistic spaces and cultural hubs in Makati City.
On its second day (June 29), French electro-pop band Lady’s Symphony will turn the volume up in Puerta Real Gardens in Intramuros, Manila, along with other homegrown Filipino musicians such as Sandwich, Apartel, Ebe Dancel, Autotelic, Tom’s Story, among others.
Lady’s Symphony is made up of French DJ Liz Candy, violinist Nyna Loren and percussionist Narjess Saad. The band is known for its unique approach to House music using compelling electronic rhythms and strong melodies.
Music enthusiasts, especially in Baguio City and Pagsanjan, Laguna, will also get to experience Fête de la Musique as main stages will be set up in these said areas.
To set the vibe, a pre-event main stage at the Rizal Park Open Auditorium will hold performances from Pinoy bands, including Chicosci, GRT (Grin, Rum and Truth), Jana Garcia and Bonifacio Republic.
In choosing its lineup of performers, B-Side Productions president Giselle Tomimbang says, “We ensure to include both up-and-coming, and very established artists in the festival because we really want to be able to show the breadth of musical talents in the country.
Our goal here is to showcase as many musical genres as possible.”
Fête de la Musique is open to the public for free.
More than a music festival
The very first Fête de la Musique was initiated by French Ministry of Culture officials, Jack Lang & Maurice Fleuret, who aimed to bring music out into the streets, and invite all those who could play an instrument or carry a tune to perform in public.
Through the years, the festival has expanded to over 800 cities and 120 countries worldwide to promote camaraderie, artistic collaboration and sharing of musical knowledge and experience among performers and audiences alike.
To know more about Fête de la Musique, visit Alliance Francaise de Manille’s website at https://www.alliance.ph/accueil-en/ or the festival’s social media pages on Facebook https://web.facebook.com/FetePH/, Instagram https://www.instagram.com/fetedelamusiqueph/, and Twitter https://twitter.com/FetePH.