Study day organized in partnership with the History Committee on June 16, 2022 at the Opéra Comique

Première affiche de la Fête de la Musique en 1982

On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the Fête de la musique, the Ministry of Culture is organizing, in partnership with the National Theatre of the Opéra Comique, a study day entrusted to the History Committee: witnesses, contemporary actors and researchers will meet their eyes, during three meetings, on the genesis and history of this popular festival established in 1982 by the Lang Ministry on an idea of Maurice Fleuret and Christian Dupavillon, its topicality in France and outside our borders, its relevance and its future finally in a musical landscape profoundly transformed by new uses and new digital practices. These meetings, open to the public and attended by Jack Lang in particular, will be held at the Opéra Comique in Paris on June 16, 2022.


(subject to change)

Location : Grand Hall of the Opéra Comique, 1 place Boieldieu - 75002 Paris

Date : Thursday 16 June 2022


Welcome by Louis LANGREE, director of the National Theatre of the Opéra Comique & Maryvonne de SAINT PULGENT, president of the History Committee of the Ministry of Culture


Music Day in Pictures (INA)


Address by Jack LANG, President of the Arab World Institute


Address by the Minister of Culture


Part 1: Genesis and evolution of the Fête de la musique

Under the chairmanship of Maryvonne de SAINT PULGENT

10h30-11h15 : Genesis of the Festival of Music

Round table discussion led by Maryvonne de SAINT PULGENT with: Sylvie CANAL, Director of Faceted, coordinator of the Music Festival from its creation until 2019, Jean CARABALONA, Inspector General of Creation and Artistic Teaching, former collaborator of Maurice Fleuret in the Directorate of Music and Dance, Alain SURRANS, Managing Director of Angers Nantes Opéra, former collaborator of Maurice Fleuret

11h15-11h45 : The Fête de la musique, crystallization of a policy?

Communication by Philippe GUMPLOWICZ, historian and professor of musicology (University of Évry, Paris-Saclay)

11:45-12:20: Political and cultural genesis of the music festival

Communication by Jean-Michel DJIAN, journalist and director, author of “21 juin, le sacre musical des Français” (Seuil, 2011), followed by:

Music Festival in times of health crisis: adapt, resist, innovate

Communication from Cécile PREVOST-THOMAS, lecturer in Musicology and Sociology of Music (Sorbonne Nouvelle University - CERLIS)

12:20 – 12:35 : Exchanges with the room

12h35 – 14h: free meal


Part Two: Music Festival today, here and elsewhere

14h-14h45 : The case of Villeurbanne and the diversity between communities and territories

Round table discussion moderated by Michel KNEUBUHLER with: Bernard SEVAUX, Director of Culture of Villeurbanne, Christophe BENNET, President of FNADAC and Director of Culture and Heritage of Cergy, and Aymée ROGE, Regional Director of Cultural Affairs (DRAC Bourgogne-Franche-Comté)

14h45-15h20 : How a French festival became global

Communication by Charitini KARAKOSTAKI, sociologist (University of Liège), followed by:

Music Festival seen from Germany and the United States

Interviews with Björn DÖRING, coordinator of the Berlin Music Festival, Gunnar GEβNER, national coordinator (Germany), and Aaron FRIEDMAN, musician, founder of Make Music New York and president of Make Music Alliance

15h20 – 15h25 : Music Festival in pictures (INA)


Part Three: Music Festival in the Mirror of Musical Practices in the Digital Age

In the chair: Christopher MILES

15h30-15h55: The evolution of musical practices through the lens of the survey on cultural practices

Communications by Stéphanie MOLINERO and Julien M'BARKI (DEPS-DOC, Ministry of Culture)

15h55-16h25 : Collective practices as amateurs in popular music: summary elements of the study published in 2020

Communications from Stéphanie GEMBARSKI, coordinator of the dynamics related to equality, diversity and artistic and cultural practices at FEDELIMA, and Laurence HEBRARD, co-director of the 6MIC and president of the RPM Collective

16h25-16h50 : Listening to the musicality of the world

Communication from Pascal LE BRUN-CORDIER, Associate Professor at the Sorbonne School of Arts (Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University), Head of the Master’s Degree «Cultural Projects in Public Space» and Artistic Director

Musical interlude by Jérôme BOUVET, musician and director, co-founder of the Sonothèque nomade

16h50-18h00 : «Remake music»

Round table discussion led by Jean-Pierre SAEZ, researcher, former director of the Observatory of Cultural Policies with: Marina CHICHE, violinist, concertist and producer on Radio France, Raphaël IMBERT, jazz saxophonist, composer and conductor, director of the National Conservatory with regional influence of Marseille, Louis LANGREE, conductor, director of the National Theatre of the Opéra Comique, Estelle LOWRY, director of the Maison de la musique contemporaine , Christopher MILES, Director General of Artistic Creation (Ministry of Culture), and Jean-Philippe THIELLAY, President of the National Music Centre.

18h15-19h00 : Musical closing with the Popular Mastery of the Opéra Comique, under the direction of Sarah KONÉ, and the Vocal Ensemble The Metabolites, directed by Léo WARYNSKI

Colloque du 16 juin 2022 "40 ans de fêtes de la musique"