La Fête de la Musique is the first musical event in the world that takes place in almost 130 countries (350 cities) on the same day. For the past thirty years, the festival has entertained thousands of international audiences with its rich musical repertoire and a diverse array of acclaimed artists.
Organised by the French Institute in Egypt (also known as the French Cultural Centre) since 1999, La Fête de la Musique has brought international artists to the country such as Souad Massi, Hindi Zahra and Tiken Jah Fakoli.
In 2010, La Fête de la Musique was held at the Cairo Citadel against the backdrop of the city's incredible horizon, featuring musical acts such as the very talented Souad Massi.
This year, La Fête de la Musique will celebrate its 30th anniversary at the Cairo Citadel on Tuesday, June 21st, featuring acclaimed French singer Bernard Lavilliers and world-renowned oud player Naseer Shamma.
Bernard Lavilliers has produced over twenty albums, is currently touring France and is set to play seven concerts at the famous Olympia Hall in Paris. Lavilliers is known for his ‘tropical music’ from Brazil, the West Indies and salsa; the kind that makes you dance like mad and celebrate its rhythm.
Without doubt, Naseer Shamma is one of the world’s most renowned and respected oud players; blending traditional music with his own modern and original compositions. As the creator and director of Beit El Oud El Arabi, Shamma has inspired and educated generations of talented oud players to follow his path. His recent composition ‘If the People Want Life’ was inspired by and dedicated to the Egyptian revolution, as well as the region-wide Arab uprising.
Be sure to catch this exceptional musical night at the Cairo Citadel, on June 21st at 8PM. Admission is free, so you make sure you get to the Citadel early to guarantee a seat or at least a spot on the grass. A free shuttle bus service will be offered at the entrance of the Citadel to take you all the way up to the concert venue. For more information, contact The French Institute.