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21 June 2018 – Paris, France. H.E. Philippine Ambassador to France Ma. Theresa Lazaro, accompanied by the Embassy officers and staff, poses with the officers of PinoyJam Paris for its 10th anniversary performance at the 2018 Fête de la Musique.

25 June 2018, Paris, France – As part of its Cultural Diplomacy efforts, the Philippine Embassy in Paris lent its full support to the Filipino community association “PinoyJam Paris” which had staged its 10th anniversary concert as part of France’s cultural initiative “Fête de la Musique” held every June 21.

This concert, held for the fourth time at Place Igor Stravinsky in the 4th arrondissement (near Centre Pompidou), can be considered the largest in Paris that features the most number of Filipino artists performing Filipino music.

H.E. Philippine Ambassador to France Maria Theresa Lazaro was present – along with three of the Embassy’s consuls and staff members – to affirm the Philippine Embassy’s continued support for this ever-growing Philippine cultural promotion project which started in 2008 by PinoyJam under the leadership of its President, Mr. Dennis Astorga.

Ambassador Lazaro conveyed her congratulations to PinoyJam on its 10th anniversary and commended it on its efforts of “sharing our very own Filipino music in the very city where Fête de la Musique started”. She added that “Philippine participation in the Fête is our way of conveying to France that we celebrate with them our common love of music and the democratic principle of freedom of expression. It is a pleasure to be with our kababayans here today who have come to enjoy a little slice of home away from home. It is good to see also that the non-Filipino crowd that celebrates with us has been growing steadily through the years.”

 

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The audience of PinoyJam Paris’s 10th anniversary performance for the 2018 Fête de la Musique kept growing that evening until it reached an estimated 300 guests. Poster of PinoyJam Paris’ 2018 Participation in the Fête de la Musique in Paris (Photo courtesy of PinoyJam Paris)

The evening started with an acoustic set in the early evening and ended towards midnight with a crowd of around 300 dancing to a medley of Filipino contemporary music and upbeat non-Filipino covers that are quite popular to Filipinos and the other members of the audience. There were a total of 14 solo and group performances for the whole evening.

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PinoyJam posters from 2008-2010 (Photos courtesy of PinoyJam Paris)

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PinoyJam posters from 2011-2016 (Photos courtesy of PinoyJam Paris)

The Fête de la Musique was started in Paris in 1982 by the French Cultural Minister at that time. It is held annually every June 21, as a way to welcome the first day of summer. For more information, visit the Embassy’s website and Facebook page. END