Held every year on the 21st of June since 1982, this brilliant festival of music lights up the streets and hearts of all who come within its reach. And you almost have no choice in taking part since all of Paris’ arrondissements have musicians or bands sharing their talents until the wee hours of the morning.
I headed to the 6eme arrondissement at 7pm to meet up with three girls from my French course, and we first headed to the Jardin du Luxembourg to watch a passionate group from Ecuador charm the crowds. One of the members was Bolivian, and the Bolivian Ambassador was present to enjoy the festivities.
For me, the festival is a reminder of the power of music in bringing people of different cultures and beliefs together and simultaneously pacifying the soul. My host-mother Laurence told me that although it’s one of the busiest nights in Paris, problems are few and far between because music (whether it be jazz, rock, classical, hip-hop or any other genre) makes people happy. She couldn’t be more right.
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