World Music Day 2018: Curious late-night opening at Paris Musée d’Orsay

Published by Elodie D. · Published on 6 June 2018 at 16h16 · Updated on 6 June 2018 at 16h42
Paris Musée d’Orsay celebrates World Music Day and summer solstice with concerts held all evening long on Thursday June 21, 2018. Careful, you still have to pay for the admission fees, except if you are under 26 years old!

Thursday June 21, 2018 is World Music Day and summer solstice! On the occasion, the Musée d’Orsay invites us to an exceptional along with Baltic singers.

All night long, from 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m., concerts will be held in the museum areas, exhibitions, tales and guided tours of the temporary exhibition devotes to symbolism in Baltic countries!

On the menu of the “Curieuse Nocturne” at the Musée d’Orsay:

  • The Rite of Eardrum concert, at 7 p.m., 8 :30 p.m. and 10 p.m.
    Head to the central aisle for a concert of the new Estonian stage with two young sprouts, the enchanting Liisi Koikson and Sander Mölder. Folkloric songs and tunes to be discovered through three enchanting sets in the museum nave.
  • Guided tours of the exhibitions “Wild souls”, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
    It’s been 100 years since the Baltic States became independent. To celebrate this anniversary, from April 10 to July 15, 2018, the Musée d’Orsay devotes an exhibition to art in the Baltic countries, from 1890 to 1930. Speaking about the folklore and local legends first, the Baltic art will then move to symbolism at the time of the independence. Don’t miss it! 
  • Into the woods, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    All evening long, Ecole du Louvre mediators expect you for an art walk alongside painters with a green thumb: symbolists, naturalists, impressionists… in the museum collection at the level 0.
  • Once upon flowers, from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    Summer rhymes with flowers and flowers with set of jewels… Within the auditorium, in small groups, the museum teams expect you to introduce you to the traditional pagan set of jewels in the Baltic countries. In the Baltic countries, tradition is that on the night of the summer solstice, men and women wear flowers and foliage and spend the night dancing around a fire.
  • Solar Bodies, from 6:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
    For one night, the Musée d’Orsay reopens its ballroom. Thanks to the Diamètre association, a group of young contemporary art curators, the Musée d’Orsay gives the floor to the young Baltic generation. Pakui Ardware, Daiga Grantina, the Young Gril Reading Group and even Norman Orro will propose a disturbing contemporary art experience with boreal colors!
  • Kalevipoeg, the giant who wanted to do good, from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m.
    The Cour des Contes offers us a traditional concert starting from 9 p.m. Have you heard about the legend of Kalevipoeg, the incredible Estonian giant with fantastic adventures? Told with humor and poetry, in the darkness of the small auditorium, this tale is about the moving and baroque epic of the giant Kalevipoeg, between northern lights, lakes, wizards and enchanted swords…
  • Saint-Jean’s herbs from 10 p.m. to 11 p.m.
    The Musée d’Orsay welcomes an herbalist. Sempervivum, sage, hypericum and even mandragora… Marylin expects you at 7:30 p.m. to reveal you the secrets of the solstice herbs.

And all night long, come and discover the live wall at Café Campana while drinking a cup of coffee (level 5). The “Soirées dessinnées” team will spend the night interpreting Kalevipoeg’s epic on the giant paper wall of Café Campana… Come and see artists working live and follow the evolution of their work and make the best of it to talk to them!

For even more tips and outing ideas, take a look at our selection for Make Music Day 2018:


Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
On 21 June 2018
From 6:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.



    62 rue de Lille
    75007 Paris 7

    -26 ans UE: Free
    tarif nocturne, dès 18h: €9

    Recommended age
    For all

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