Opening of France Rocks Summerfest 2016

June 14, 2016 | By French Culture

On June 14, 2016, Michele Amar, Head of the Music Department at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York, opened the first annual France Rocks Summerfest—the largest French music festival in the United States, which includes 30 concerts across Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and the Bronx—with the following remarks.

Part of the Paris-New York Tandem transatlantic cultural exchange initiative, France Rocks Summerfest takes place at Lincoln Center Atrium, LPR, MoMA PS1, Pianos, Arlene's Grocery, Drom, National Sawdust Factory, Knitting Factory, Matte Projects, and Baby's All Right and many other venues.

Good evening everyone! As Head of the Music Department at the Cultural Services, it is a pleasure to welcome you to the Cultural Services of the French Embassy.

Today, we are delighted to launch the first annual France Rocks Summerfest as part of Paris-New York Tandem 2016. 

France Rocks Summerfest is the largest French music festival in the United States.  The festival includes 30 concerts across Brooklyn, Manhattan, Queens, and Bronx at a variety of venues, including Lincoln Center Atrium, LPR, MoMA Ps1, Pianos, Arlene's Grocery, Drom, National Sawdust Factory, Knitting Factory, Matte Projects, Baby's All Right... and many more. We are thrilled to work with you all and we look forward to collaborating with you on the next edition in 2017.

The Francerocks Summerfest program showcases many cutting edge Parisian bands. Just to name a few, General Elektriks, La Femme, Her, Ayo, Tristan & the Plane, Lisa Simone, Emile Parisien, Cyrille Aimée, Shai Maestro, Emel Mathlouthi, Ginkgoa, Brodinski, Louisahhh!!! La Jarry and Club Cheval among many others.

Summerfest culminates June 21st with a free concert at Central Park SummerStage featuring Charlélie Couture, Yael Naïm, General Elektriks, and La Femme in the great tradition of la Fête de la Musique. For those of you who are not familiar with Fête de la Musique, this French initiative was first launched by French Culture minister Jack Lang in the early 1980’s to celebrate music on the summer solstice with free concerts in parks, cafes and street corners and has since spread to hundreds of cities around the world. Here in New York, the French Embassy and Bureau Export organize a free large scale concert each year. I encourage all of you to come celebrate with us at SummerStage on June 21, it is always an unforgettable evening!

In closing, I’d like to thank my team for putting together such an exceptional and expansive program!

I would also like to thank A2iM for their work promoting independent music and welcome all the music delegates for indie week. I would like to give a very special thank you to our partners who made this music festival possible: Institut français, Paris-NY Tandem, the City of Paris, the City of New York, Erica Elliot at Central Park SummerStage, BL Music Productions, Paris-NY Festival.

We are particularly grateful for the support of our sponsors: Lacoste, Noglu, Vins de Provence, Jenlain, Bache-Gabrielsen Cognac, and Nature Addicts.

I wish you all a wonderful evening!

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