If you’ve recently used public transport in France – namely the train, you may have noticed the pianos on display in various stations of the capital. This large operation began in the Gare Montparnasse in 2010, before expanding to various Parisian stations and elsewhere across France.
Why are there pianos in stations?
This idea was inspired by a Briton who came up with the “Play me, I’m yours” idea. The original concept was to make 1300 pianos available to the general public in 45 cities across the world. Two years after the scheme began, the SNCF decided to install some pianos in Paris stations.
These pianos are fantastic for travellers of all ages. Now, the boredom of waiting for a train can be relieved through the joy of hearing a beautiful melody and the pleasure of watching someone playing passionately. Men, women, students, families, pensioners … everyone can enjoy a restful, musical moment in what are often busy and stressful places.
Play me I’m yours 2017: An artistic encounter
Pianos will be back in the most famous spots of Paris starting from June but for now, they invaded the Jardin d’Acclimatation where they will be customized by artists during the weekend of May 27th to 28th to be exhibited until June, 21th for the Music Day. This sixth year is placed under the theme of “Enfance & Transmission” (childhood and transmission).
This concept that enchanted Parisians will thus exit the train stations and flood their favorite places so before, don’t hesitate to go to Avenue du Mahatma Ghandi, 75116 Paris to enjoy the artists’ live performance who will give some colors to music.
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Did you know?
The piano was invented in the early eighteenth century, in Italy, by Bartolomeo Cristofori, who served King Ferdinand de Medici. This invention was known as “gravecembalo col piano e forte”, meaning “with harpsichord shades sweet and strong”, before being shortened fto fortepiano and then to piano, as it is known today.