World Music Day is also known as ‘Fête de la Musique,’ which translates to “music festival” in French.
The 21st of June is designated as International Music Day or World Music Day to honor musicians and singers. The day also encourages young and inexperienced musicians to perform live in front of an audience.
World Music Day, also known as ‘Fête de la Musique,’ is a music festival that began in France. Several free music concerts are held around the world on World Music Day to support musicians.
Background and Importance
In 1982, Maurice Fleuret, director of the French Ministry of Culture’s Department of Music and Dance, and Jack Lang, the then-French Minister of Culture, organized this special day. On the day of the summer solstice, a celebration was held. For the special day, Lang and Fleuret devised a plan with architect-scenographer Christian Dupavillon to gather musicians on the streets of Paris.
A concert was held on June 21, 1982, to honor both professional and amateur musicians from all over France. In 1985, as part of the European Year of Music, other countries adopted this annual concert as well. Then, in 1997, during the European Festival of Music in Budapest, a contract was signed, and since then, this day has been observed around the world to encourage musicians.
Many traditional genres that were once on the verge of extinction have been resurrected thanks to World Music Day. It has also aided in the promotion of new musical trends and artists. The celebration has a healing effect across communities, in addition to encouraging children to nurture their musical talents.
Several countries, including India, Italy, Australia, Malaysia, the United States, China, and Japan, celebrate World Music Day in grand style. On this day, amateur musicians as well as well-known singers and composers perform in a variety of musical concerts. In France, free concerts and musical performances are held on Fête de la Musique.
To commemorate the occasion, here are some quotes
- Music works like a magic key, unlocking even the most tightly shut heart. – Maria von Trapp, a well-known singer
- Music is the art that brings the most tears and memories to mind – Oscar Wilde, Irish poet
- Music is the soul’s food,’ said German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer.
- Music gives us a kind of pleasure that we can’t live without – Confucius, Chinese philosopher
- The music is in the silence between the notes, not in the notes themselves – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, composer