Words by Franchesca Emery Santiago. Images courtesy of Alliance Française de Manille.
Let’s go jam in Philippine shores and streets as Fête de la Musique returns to the country’s physical stages this June!
After two years of virtual celebrations since the pandemic, the worldwide free music event is coming back with a series of in-person festivities across Metro Manila, Palawan, Baguio, Cebu, and Siargao throughout June.
Fête de la Musique PH 2022 is entitled “Tara Allez!” (“let’s go!”), a combination of colloquial Filipino (“tara”) and French (“allez”). With collaboration between the two countries at its core, Fête PH 2022 brings together the best Filipino and French music acts as it commemorates 75 years of Franco-Phil bilateral relations.
This year’s celebrations are all about French-Filipino cultural exchange through the healing power of music, forging new friendships, and building & supporting communities. The event also aims to showcase the beauty of the Philippines’ top destinations.
Fête PH 2022 is presented by Alliance Française de Manille in partnership with the Embassy of France to the Philippines and B Side Productions. It is also co-organized by the Department of Tourism.
Fete-stivities across the PhiIippine archipelago
The fete’s main event will be staged at the Puerta Real Gardens in Intramuros on June 25. Performers include The Itchyworms, Lola Amour, Cheats, and a special number by Brass Pas Pas Pas Pas with Curtismith, Toni B., Faye Yupano & Zsaris.
Alongside this are physical Fete-stivities all around the archipelago. Kickstarting the event on June 21 will be the Siargao Stage at the Santa Fe Beachfront Playground.
The Cebu Stages will follow on June 25 at Draft Punk and on June 26 at La Vie. Baguio festivities will happen simultaneously on June 26 at Session Road. Capping off the nationwide celebrations will be the El Nido Stages on June 26 and 28 at Kalye Artisano.
Over 30 independently produced pocket stages all over Metro Manila will also be launched on June 24. Venues include Alchemy Bistro Bar, Archipelago Makati, Boogie, and Braiser’s The Village Cafe in Paranaque with performances from Basically Saturday Night, Johnny Alegre, Ean Mayor of UDD, and more.
French artists to fly for festivities
French artists Marc Fichel, DJ Blutch, and Maxime Cozic will fly all the way from Paris to collaborate with various Filipino artists for the fete.
Marc Fichel is a singer-songwriter and pianist known for pieces that unite and reunite his listeners. He will grace the Intramuros and El Nido stages and will also perform at Sofitel on June 23.
DJ Blutch, known best for his hip hop and house mixes, seeks to unite various universes into a single entity. He will bring his mixes to the Intramuros main stage. Dance to his music also at Sofitel on June 24 and in the City of Smile on June 26.
Maxime Cozic, dancer and choreographer, started his craft at age 8 and has since established his own dance company. He will join in concluding the fete in El Nido where he will perform an 18-minute solo piece alongside collaborations with Filipino artists.
Fête de la Musique PH 2022 is also organized in partnership with SM Malls, National Commission for Culture and the Arts, Intramuros Administration, Outbound Asia Inc., Funkybeat Entertainment, Kumu, Sofitel Manila, Institut Français, TV5 Monde, Baba Manila, and Jagged Perspective.