This summer, travelers enjoying a trip to Paris will get to partake in a cheerful and welcoming celebration of music that is free for all guests. Paris' Fete de la Musique, or Festival of Music, is open to any amateur or professional musicians who wish to perform, and it aims to promote various genres for people of all social backgrounds. Visitors to Europe can book a car in France and celebrate the summer solstice on June 21 while listening to blues, jazz, rock and rap.
Every musical act will perform either in an open-air venue or a public building such as a museum, train station or castle. The event encourages more traditional performers like orchestras, operas and choirs to step out of their comfort zone and perform in a venue they may not have experienced before. While a slight change, the result can be striking, as it is not every day that passersby witness the voices of a gospel choir reverberating off the walls of an underground train station.
The festival will celebrate its 31st year by honoring the legendary Beatles and their 50-year history of shaping pop music. Showcasing inherent ties between the nature of the celebration and the music genre, festival organizers claim the 2012 event will be a "musical, cultural, social, joyful and colorful" date to remember. Visitors touring France can join thousands of other music lovers and musicians in a massive celebration of the popular genre.