Grab an instrument, hit the street and start performing — that’s all it takes to become a part of Fete de la Musique in June.
Jazzy hip hop rings out from a barbershop; at a train station just around the corner a girl with an acoustic guitar breaks into song. It’s a travelling festival of sorts and anybody can get involved. This is the magic of World Music Day. BCC Councillor Krista James, who plays an active role in Brisbane’s version as Lifestyle Chair, says it’s a way to breathe new life into the city.
“There are over 500 cities around the world that are involved now to make it World Music Day. Although we're always looking for ways to activate the city, it just became an opportunity that our Creative Communities Department in Brisbane City Council thought was a really great way to get people into places around our city that aren't usually used through music.”
The all-inclusive event boasts a variety of talent, from seasoned musicians to people just wanting to participate.
“Anyone can register to be in Fete de la Musique, so we are trying to develop all residents’ passions, whether it be for playing an instrument or singing or dancing, anything to do with music. This is the sixth year, so anyone who loves making music, whether they're professional or aspiring, are welcome to join.”
Musicians are urged to quickly register online. “We're still encouraging people to get online and register their interest on the website; we've got 175 venues across the city so we'd like to see as many musicians as possible turn out to use them to their full advantage. It's all about being involved whether you're playing a recorder and a triangle, or you're a professional performer, and it's all free.”
There are hundreds of potential stages, and musicians of all tastes are expected to take part. With next to no limits, it’s all about getting involved for the love of music and community.
“If you have your local shop, or a bus stop across the city or a space where you want to perform like that, usually you just register where you're going to go and it is put up on the website, so people can find out where the music’s going to be. There are no tickets, there are no box-seats, and there are no headliners. It's just World Music Day on the 21st of June.”Fete de la Musique takes place all over Brisbane Friday June 21.