World Music Day [June 21]

By : Neha Dhyani

Updated : May 11, 2022, 11:41

World Music Day or International Music Day is celebrated every year on the 21st of June. World Music Day is also known as the Fete de la Musique in French. The first World Music Day was celebrated in the year 1982.

Several musicians, be they professional or amateurs, come together to perform on World Music Day. Several concerts are organised on this particular day, and different genres of music are made available to the public in general. On the auspicious occasion of International Music Day, all the concerts are conducted free of charge for the audience. Even the artists do not charge for performing on this day.

World Music Day History

The first International Music Day was celebrated on the day of Summer Solstice in 1982. The event took place in Paris at Fete de la Musique. Jack Lang, a French politician, conceptualised the idea of commemorating World Music Day. He came up with this idea with Maurice Fleuret, a music composer and a radio producer. He was also known to be a music journalist.

Both of them were an important part of the French Ministry of Culture when they came up with this great idea of celebrating World Music Day. Jack Lang came forward with a request for Maurice where he asked him to take up the position of Director of Music and Dance at the Ministry of Culture.

Maurice then got busy studying cultural habits around music, where he came to know that one out of every two men in France plays a musical instrument. He then came up with bringing people out of their homes on Summer Solstice and then celebrating the event as World Music Day.

World Music Day Significance

World Music Day is celebrated worldwide to honour the spirit of music and rejoice in it. The day is marked by an open event where different concerts are held for people to enjoy and for artists to perform and sing their hearts out.

It's also known as Fête de la Musique, and it's noted for encouraging aspiring, young, and professional musicians to play. World Music Day is observed in more than 120 nations, with free public concerts held in parks, stadiums, and other public spaces. On this particular day, music lovers host a variety of musical performances and celebrations.

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World Music Day Importance

World Music Day is observed to provide free music to all music enthusiasts and create a forum for amateur and professional artists to demonstrate their abilities to the rest of the world. It is commemorated to emphasise the value of music and its benefits.

The best thing about the International Music Day is that all concerts are conducted for free, and anyone can become a part of them. Music brings people closer, and the day celebrates this spirit.

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World Music Day Theme

Every year, a theme is decided for World Music Day. While the theme for 2022 is yet to be released, you can acquaint yourself with the theme of 2021.

The theme for International Music Day 2021 was "Music at the Intersections". The idea of this theme was to encourage people to create more music and make the world a more joyful place. The event of World Music Day was also named "Make Music Day" in 2021. It highlights the importance of music in bringing the best out of people and nurturing their love for music. Also, it emphasises a restriction-free sharing of music on all mediums and platforms.

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FAQs on World Music Day

Q.1. When is World Music Day celebrated?

World Music Day is celebrated on the 21st of June every year.

Q.2. In which year was World Music Day celebrated for the 1st time?

World Music Day was celebrated for the first time in 1982.

Q.3. Initially, World Music Day was started to celebrate which geographical activity?

World Music Day was started to celebrate Summer Solstice.

Q.4. Who started the celebration of World Music Day?

Maurice Fleuret started the celebration of World Music Day.

Q.5. Which other day apart from World Music Day is celebrated on the 21st of June?

International Yoga Day is celebrated along with World Music Day on the 21st of June.