Music has never been more accessible than in today’s world. With a simple tap on our smartphones, we can tune into our favorite songs, choosing the genres and artists we like to listen to. And that is why World Music Day is so important to today’s generation. World Music Day is celebrated on June 21. The day cherishes the spirit of music, the dynamism of voices and the melody of instruments. The day was first celebrated as Fête de la Musique in France in 1982. It was organized by the then French Minister of Art and Culture, Jack Lange, and a French composer, Maurice Fleuret.
World Music Day 2022 Theme
The theme for World Music Day 2022 is “Music at Intersections”.
World Music Day was launched to make music more accessible and consumable for the younger generation. In 1982, Jack Lange and Maurice Fleuret noted that the music of the time was not representative of the youth who played instruments. Thus, they plan to program a concert in the Parisian public space with the help of the architect-scenographer Christian Dupavillon. The concert took place on June 21 of that year and celebrated the presence of professional and amateur musicians from different corners of France.
In 1985, which is also marked as the European Year of Music, other nations adopted this annual concert to celebrate music and musical artists. In 1997, a charter was signed at the Budapest European Music Festival, which internationally recognized the day as World Music Day.
How to celebrate World Music Day?
Music artists around the world hold concerts on World Music Day. The celebrations are no longer limited to European nations. In fact, the day is marked by 120 countries including India, Italy, Greece, Russia, Australia, Peru, Brazil, Ecuador, Mexico, Canada, United States , the United Kingdom, Japan, China and Malaysia. Parties, parades, fairs, parties and dance parties are often an integral part of World Music Day.