Since moving to Australia, there have been some aspects of living in Atlanta, GA that I missed and haven’t quite found something to fill that void. I try to stay active on social media and follow promoters and events around my new neck of the woods. I woke up this morning to a Facebook post that brought to my attention what I had been hoping for.
Fête de la Musique as described on their website:
Fête de la Musique is the largest international live music event in the world! Developed by the French Government in 1982, Fête is held in 450 cities across the globe on the very same day each year – 21 June. The aim of the event is to make music everywhere, to celebrate music and to expose as many people to music as possible.
What I found was what I didn’t even know I was looking for. In Atlanta, we had Music Midtown for several years, concerts on the green in Piedmont Park and a long list of other music festivals all throughout the year. What makes Fête de la Musique Brisbane different is that the festival is all over the city, all day long. Again from their website:
Fête de la Musique is as often as possible an outdoor event taking place in streets, squares, public parks, playgrounds etc. Indoor venues may also be used as long as they respect the rule of free entry to the public. Fête de la Musique is the opportunity to access and open places which are not traditionally concert venues to the public: museums, hospitals, public buildings…
Fill the street with music, that’s the only objective. I had the pleasure of enjoying the early morning events on Queen Street Mall. Listening to several talented musicians and taking many photos to capture the event.
I’m not a music critic, so I won’t go into detail about the artists today. I will say that the talent pool around town is deep. From all different genres and walks of life, all of the music I heard today gave me the lift I so badly needed. Now get out there and support your local artists.
Given the size of the event its difficult to capture all of the performers as the day went on. I did grab this one image that summed up the event for me pretty well. While this musician can be found busking on Queen Street Mall practically daily, his audience is all that really mattered.
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