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Fête de la Musique 2021

The 30th edition of the Fête de la musique, organised by the City of Geneva, will be held in a resized format from 17 to 20 June 2021. In accordance with the health norms currently in force, the event will be extended in time – with 4 days of concerts – and space, stretching far beyond its usual boundaries to present some 250 small-scale concerts and shows in 5 different districts of the city.

Fête de la Musique - Genève

Against the current backdrop of the health crisis, which has had a major impact on artists, musicians, concert venues and the public in general, this resized edition will herald a return to live music! The classical and contemporary music programme has been prepared by Alexandra Marinescu, while Damien Schmocker is responsible for the modern music offerings. The programme places artists from the region, both amateur and professional, centre stage to showcase the diversity and quality of the local cultural scene.

Particular attention has been paid to artists who completed and brought out an album in 2020, or even in early 2021, without being able to present it on stage. There are no fewer than ten artists in the category of modern music! For some, such as The Green Flamingos (Thursday 17 June at 8.30 p.m. in Parc de la Perle du Lac), The Trap (Friday 18 June at 9 p.m. in Parc des Bastions), the rapper Jo2Plainp (Thursday 17 June at 8.30 p.m. in the courtyard of the Collège Calvin) and Concrete Jane (Sunday 20 June at 2 p.m. in the courtyard of 14 rue de l'Hôtel-de-Ville), their performance will be something of a premiere.

And let’s not forget the concerts of Bandit Voyage and L’Orchestre Tout Puissant Marcel Duchamp at the Alhambra on Saturday evening, following the residences organised this winter by the City of Geneva. Another highlight of the programme is the encounter between Ensemble Vide and Ensemble Dïwan at the Victoria Hall (Saturday 7 p.m.) focusing on reinterpretations of traditional Mediterranean music. There is also an interpretation of the philosophical work The Soldier’s Tale by Stravinsky by the Lemanic Modern Ensemble in Parc des Bastions (Friday 7 p.m.).

4 days of concerts

It is not a time for large-scale gatherings. The format of this year’s Fête de la musique has thus had to adapt to the federal and cantonal norms to create the best possible conditions for everyone to enjoy some moments of emotion once again, all set to music! The 2021 edition is organised across four days, from Thursday to Sunday, compared to the usual three. The concerts all begin at the same time, are more spread out over time with longer intervals between them and finish no later than 10 p.m. These rearranged times have been scheduled to avoid too great a concentration of the public and will make for easier circulation of spectators in accordance with the health measures in force.

The concerts and shows will all be performed in front of audiences who will be seated and wearing a mask (mandatory masks for over 12s), with a limited number of seats which vary from one venue to another. In light of the large number of concerts, it is not possible to reserve a seat in advance. Eating and drinking will be prohibited in the auditoriums and in front of the outdoor stages, but stands will be set up in the parks with tables for 6 people, serving food and a welcome dose of conviviality.

32 stages - 5 districts

This edition boasts some 32 stages, with 13 outdoor venues, spread across five different districts in the city:

  • Sécheron
  • Cornavin
  • Jonction-Plainpalais
  • Cité
  • Eaux-Vives

The different music styles will travel around the city, inviting the public to do the same and to explore the different sites and venues, encountering a baroque repertoire for violin and cello (Ballade de la HEM - Duo Larez) at the Zoo de l’Usine on Saturday at 2 p.m. or a ska-punk session at the Salle Frank-Martin (Lodd, Saturday at 7 p.m.).

The public will also be able to enjoy some dance offerings on several stages and in several districts on Saturday and Sunday, for example in Parc des Cropettes (Saturday at 11 a.m.), in Parc des Bastions (Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. and Sunday at midday and 2 p.m.), at la Terrasse Agrippa d’Aubigné (Saturday at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.), at the Casino Théâtre (Sunday at 11 a.m. and midday) and at the Ecole Catalyse (Sunday at midday, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.).

Family workshops

From 10.30 a.m. on Saturday to the end of the day and from 10 a.m. onwards on Sunday, the Fête de la musique also serves up a number of activities for all the family. Workshops with the family, among friends or just for kids offer the chance to discover music from a different standpoint, under marquees in Parc des Bastions, Parc de la Perle du Lac and Parc de La Grange, as well as at the MEG, the Victoria Hall, the Temple Saint-Gervais, the Promenade du Pin and the Ecole Catalyse.

Please note that all workshops are subject to prior registration and places are limited!

Useful information

Timetable for the Fête de la musique

  • Thursday: 8 p.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Friday: 7 p.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Saturday: 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Sunday: 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.

The programme is available online via the Fête de la musique website and on-site throughout the Fête de la musique.

Due to the health situation, the programme and hospitality conditions are subject to change. We therefore invite you to consult the Fête de la musique website on a regular basis to check the programme updates and latest information.

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Article modifié le 14.06.2021 à 14:22