Sofitel celebrates Fete de la Musique in Cambodia

Staying true to its French heritage, Sofitel Luxury Hotels will mark the Summer Solstice on 21 June with its annual “Fête de la Musique” celebration in hotels across the world. Serving as musical and cultural ambassadors, Sofitel transforms the French festival into a global event with all its properties worldwide hosting unique celebrations that unite French elegance with local elements.

Launched in France during the Summer Solstice of 1982, summer cheer transforms the streets of Paris into the world’s biggest performance stage as hundreds of musicians gather to celebrate the joy of music in all its varied styles. As a leading French hotelier, Sofitel plays an active role to promote and celebrate this major cultural event around the world.

From Paris and Washington to Colombia, Melbourne and Bangkok, over 120 Sofitel hotels from five continents will join together to rejoice with good music and « joie de vivre » on the longest day of summer.

Across Asia, Sofitel hotels will be holding unique musical events to mark this special occasion. From music recitals in restaurants to performances and exhibitions in lobbies and poolside parties, each hotel will commemorate Fête de la Musique in its own individual way, mixing French tradition with the very best of local culture.

Event highlights from hotels in Cambodia include:

Sofitel Angkor Phokeethra Golf & Spa Resort – Explore the history behind some of Cambodia’s ancient musical instruments through an exhibition at the hotel’s lobby tracing Khmer cultural history through images of the bas-reliefs from the temples of Angkor Wat. These forgotten musical instruments are given a new lease of life by Patrick Kersalé, a ethnomusicologist, who has reconstructed the musical instruments used during the ancient days of the Khmer Empire. Take a walk into the past as musicians revive the music of Cambodian ancestors and enjoy a drink after the performances while discovering more about this rich history through an enriching session with Patrick Kersalé.

Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra – Showcasing the links between traditional French elements and their Khmer counterparts, Sofitel Phnom Penh Phokeethra presents “Bohemia”, a marketplace fair showcasing the best of French Bohemian and the old gipsy culture of Paris together with the traditional costumes and arts of Cambodia. Inspired by the story of ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame, experience a celebration of two cultures highlighted through displays of traditional costumes, music performances, fortune teller stall and much more.