The “Fête de la Musique” or just “World Music Day” – is maintained every year on same date – 21 June (first day of summer) in the cities around the world.
It is a full-day celebration on the day of summer, during numerous professional and amateur musicians both young and old from all around the world, perform in different cities.
The concerts which held on the occasion of the World Music day are free on the street and they are open to everyone. On that day people can hear many different music genres.
Today, World Music Day is celebrated in 460 cities in 110 countries, including Germany, Italy, Japan, Serbia, Egypt, Syria, Morocco, Australia, Vietnam, Congo, Cameroon and many others.
History of World Music Day
The concept for this project of a united day for musicians to mark summer was designed by American musician – Joel Cohen in 1976 who worked as a producer of one radio program on the French National Radio. Later in October 1981, French Minister of Culture – Jack Lang appointed Maurice Fleuret as the director of music and dance.
This idea was accepted and formalized which the very first “World Music Day” took place on June 21, 1982. Thousands of citizens came out across France till late night. It later became a part of national holiday.
Over the years, “World Music Day” has evolved to explore new musical trends and music from across the world, and revives traditional music.