Music Day

The Fête de la Musique, also known as Make Music Day or World Music Day, is an annual music celebration taking place on 21 June.

 

 

The concept of an all-day musical celebration on the days of the solstice was originated by the French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang. The festival later became celebrated in 120 countries around the world.

World Music Day History

Music Festival started 35 years back in France.

In 1982, Jack Lang and his staff at the Ministry of Culture came up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They thought of a day where free, live music would be everywhere: street corners and parks, rooftops and gardens, storefronts and mountaintops.

 

 

And finally, totally opposite with the concept of the typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music, or host performances. The event would take place on the summer solstice, June 21, and would be called Fête De La Musique. (In French, the name means both “festival of music” and “make music!”)

 

 

Ever since, the festival has become an international phenomenon, celebrated on the same day in more than 700 cities in 120 countries, including India, Germany, Italy, Greece, Russia, Australia, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Canada, the United States, and Japan.

Fête de la Musique’s purpose is to promote music in two ways:

  • Amateur and professional musicians are encouraged to perform in the streets, under the slogan “Faites de la musique” (“make music”, a homophone of Fête de la Musique).
  • Many free concerts are organized, making all genres of music accessible to the public. Two of the caveats to being sanctioned by the official Fête de la Musique organization in Paris are that all concerts must be free to the public, and all performers donate their time for free. This is true of most participating cities, now, as well.

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