“I would like people to get on their bikes and take a tour of the city and see what is happening on that day. It may be a way to rediscover the city and know new people and get introduced to different types of music,” said Philippe Martin, Director, Alliance Francaise, speaking at a press meet organised on June 11 by the centre for the 14th edition of the International Music Day.

Fete de la Musique, which is held every year on International Music Day — June 21, is one of the biggest music festivals and will be held on June 18, 19 and 21. This is the 14th year that the fest is being organised by Alliance Francaise and the slogan for the year is ‘Feel the Rhythm in Your City.’

The variety of music that they are bringing you this year is awesome. From classical, folk, jazz to rock, the music to be arranged for music lovers will surely be a treat.

“This year the festival is bigger and different,”

said Martin.

Unlike the previous years, this year they will be organising not just one concert but various

workshops, round table discussions and performances on the final day at different venues.

Music workshops will be held on June 18 related to traditional, folk and jazz music. Round table on Nepali music will be conducted by prominent figures in the world of art

and music on June 19. The Music Day concerts will be held on June 21 at Durbar Marg, Yala Maya Kendra, Nepal Sangeet Vidyalaya and Gurukul.

The event is being organised by Alliance Francaise in association with Durbar Marg Development Board and is promoted by Nepal Tourism Board. The sponsors are Tuborg, Yeti Airlines, Nepal Investment Bank Limited, ISS and Audio Active Studio. The event is managed by B&N, International Music Society Nepal, Nepali Folk Musical Instrument Museum, Kathmandu Jazz Conservatory, Nepal Music Centre and Gurukul, with The Himalayan Times as the official print media.

Entrance is free for concerts and the round table discussion, but do get in touch with Alliance Francaise if you wish to attend the workshops. — HNS