In 1982, the French Ministry of Culture launched an international music celebration called Music Festival, or “music festival”. At the summer solstice, music of all genres filled the streets, rooftops, gardens, storefronts and dwellings of the city on the longest day of the year.
Since then, Make Music Day has expanded to more than 1,000 cities in more than 120 countries, with Houston being one of 90 U.S. cities participating in the festival last year.
Earlier this week, Mayor Sylvester Turner announced the Music Festival 2022 and invites Houstonians to join in the festivities on Tuesday, June 21. For Houston musicians, it’s a welcome opportunity to flex their musical talents on the festival’s 40th anniversary.
“The past two years have been difficult,” says Alex Navarro, president of the Houston Professional Musicians’ Association. “Unfortunately, the arts has been a severely damaged industry, but this musical celebration provides a vehicle for our Houston musicians to perform again and offers Houstonians the opportunity to continue supporting the arts and their local musicians.”
The festival will begin with a ceremony and a series of performances at the town hall. The French Consulate in Houston will lead the lineup with a concert of symphonic music from popular French film soundtracks. There will also be community activations and live music collaborations across the city, with the Midtown Cultural Arts District sign wrapped in a new design in honor of Juneteenth and Arts District Houston hosting Nameless Sound, a 17-person orchestra .
With the date just months away, there’s more in the works and, for musicians who want to be part of the celebration, the city invites people of all ages and skill levels to participate.
For more information on Make Music Day and to register to participate, visit here.