Amongst the unending list of days dedicated to people, relationships, activities…..even food, here comes my favourite, World Music Day! In this day and age where lives are so entangled and dealing with stress of fast paced lives of the cities or the everyday toils of the rural, Music is the only vent to release, that really works. What with every single Restaurant, lounge bar or even house parties’ ambience incomplete without the juke box!
The Fête de la Musique, also known as Music Day, Make Music Day or World Music Day is an annual music celebration that takes place on 21 June. On Music Day the citizens of a city or country are allowed and urged to play music outside in their neighbourhoods or in public spaces and parks. Free concerts are also organised, where musicians play for fun and not for payment.
The first all-day musical celebration on the day of the solstice was originated by the French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang, and by Maurice Fleuret, and was first celebrated in Paris in 1982. Music Day later became celebrated in 120 countries around the world.
In October 1981, Maurice Fleuret became Director of Music and Dance at Minister of Culture on Jack Lang’s request, and applied his reflections to the musical practice and its evolution: “the music everywhere and the concert nowhere”. When he discovered, in a 1982 study on the cultural habits of the French, that five million people, one child out of two, played a musical instrument, he began to dream of a way to bring people out on the streets. It first took place in 1982 in Paris as the Fête de la Musique.
Ever since, the festival has become an international phenomenon, celebrated on the same day in more than 700 cities in 120 countries, including China, India, Germany, Italy, Greece, Russia, Australia, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Canada, the United States, the UK and Japan.
Fête de la Musique’s purpose is to promote music in two ways, Firstly for the Amateur and professional musicians who are encouraged to perform in the streets, under the slogan “Faites de la musique” (“Make music”), a homophone of Fête de la Musique, and Secondly, for Many free concerts to be organised, making all genres of music accessible to the public. Two of the caveats to being sanctioned by the official Fête de la Musique organisation 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.
Feel blessed to have been born into a country with plenteous traditions and cultures that present respective rythms, instruments and style of music creation! World Music Day holds much importance for India and it’s musicians, who still struggle to find feet in the world of music. The day is an opportunity to make music anywhere…..everywhere!
This is just the history behind this very important commemoration. But what really matters is, how we infuse every piece of music we hear into the essence of our lives! The type, country, place, time and age…..no bar! That is what World Music Day entails!