21st June, celebrates the beginning of summer solstice, which is the longest day of the year and it’s also observed as Fete de la Musique or World Music Day. World Music Day clashes with International Day of Yoga.
World Music Day has its origins in France, but very soon got adopted by over 120 countries across the world, including India. Today, musicians from all genres and all ages, amateurs and experienced performers, assemble together to express themselves through music at several public platforms. The events are basically hosted in open areas, such as gardens, parks, streets, stadiums, stations or halls. Most events are free as the idea is to spread the joy and glee through music.
World Music Day: Interesting History
World Music Day emerged in France in 1980s, but was first suggested by American artiste Joel Cohen back in 1976 to observe summer solstice.
In October 1981, Jack Lang, French Minister of Culture commissioned Maurice Fleuret as the director of music and dance. The duo held an event that would permit all musicians – amateur and experienced artists- to creatively reveal themselves.
The first World Music Day or Fete de la Musique took place on June 21, 1982 – the year’s summer solstice in the North hemisphere. Thousands of citizens came out in order to be a part of the initiative all across France, till late at night. Later it became a national holiday in France.
Over the years, World Music Day has advanced to explore new musical trends and music from across the globe, and revives traditional music.
The Fete de la Musique has progressed into an event which deploys the musicians of the whole world for the pleasure of the audience of over 120 nations, starting with the European nations. France hosts many music concerts to observe the day.