By Heidi Trautmann
Make Music, the initial title was, an invitation to
come out onto the street once a year and out of joie de vivre to make music,
anybody… grand orchestras and musicians
down to children who learn to play the flute or whatever.
That was the idea of a Frenchman, once appointed
Director of Music and Dance, M. Maurice Fleuret at the request of Jack Lang
based on a concept by an American musician Joel Cohen. ‘Make music’ first took
place in 1982 in the centre of Paris. Since then, the festival joined the row
of international festivals on June 21 every year and is organised in 460 cities
in 110 countries around the world and for the second time now in North Cyprus
by the Institut Français. The purpose is to make music in the open, away from
concert halls, the musicians to step down from their high pedestal and high
entrance fees and do music for the public free and approachable, but also to
give amateur musicians the opportunity to perform.
The French cultural institutions are asked to
entertain such festivities in their region to spread the idea.
For the second time The House opened its garden
with the Institut Français and the partner C-Quals, a Language and Culture School,
to receive the public at their costs
with free buffet and drinks for all. It took place in the early evening and
there were many children with their parents enjoying the music and dance
offered on the stage, folklore and music groups with the special guests The
Healers and Gypocampe from France. Ms
Ferdiye Ersoy, the director of C-Quals welcomed the guests and I saw some
representatives from the Institut Français’s main office in Nicosia South and
Claire Rheinart who is representing the Institute in the North of Cyprus.
The garden of The House is a fine place to host
such an event and children were sitting on the green artificial lawn. A very nice idea, may it be repeated next