Music contests are often organised during the celebrations but also aside from them, resulting in proper fully-fledged events. They would gather the city’s choral societies, brass bands, wind sections, and singer societies.
Some of the contests have an international aspiration and gather bands from both the North of France and Belgium. Sight-readings, performance contests, theatrical plays and parades are organised through several days.
Music societies from the North of France participate in contests outside of their home cities in order to gain fame when they come back victorious. The Crick-Sicks choral society from Tourcoing is a good example. It became famous after winning national and international contests and later performed for emblematic figures such as: The President of the French Republic, Kaiser Wilhelm II… and memorable events, such as the 1924 Olympic Games.
The Crick Sicks became a national society, which corresponds to the highest level for musical societies, and it is still active today!