Next Friday, June 21st, Antibes and its surrounding area will host the musical event of the year in France, the Fete de la Musique. This country-wide party, promoted by the government since 1982, celebrates the summer solstice by turning the whole nation into a huge open-air music venue.
This year, the Fete de la Musique celebrates its 38th edition. The town of Antibes and its surrounding area will host loads of live music concerts while some of its squares and open-air spaces turn into music venues for a day.
The main hubs will be the Place du Safranier, the space in front of the cathedral of Antibes (Parvis de la Cathédrale d'Antibes), the Pré des Pecheurs in the Port of Antibes, the Chapelle Saint Roch and the music kiosk in Rue de la République. Over in Juan les Pins, concerts will take place at the Promenade du Soleil. Events will start at around 19:00 and feature a wide range of music, from classical to jazz, pop, blues, rock and soul.
The party will also take over the surrounding villages of Valbonne and Opio. In Grasse, there will be live music in almost every public square, including the Place du 24 Aout, Place de la Poissoneire and Place du Petit Puy among many others.
These are only the official events but the Fete de la Musique will be a town-wide celebration of music. Wander around the streets of Antibes and Juan les Pins and you'll find that most of the bars, restaurants and clubs in town have organised their own little live music event.