World Music Day 2023: When to Mark Your Calendar, its Origins, Significance, Festivities and Inspirational Quotes to Spread

Published By: Nibandh Vinod

Last Updated: June 20, 2023, 12:32 IST

World Music Day 2023: World Music Day traces its roots back to France in 1982 when it was first observed. (Image: Shutterstock)

World Music Day: Celebrating the Transformative Power of Music

WHEN IS WORLD MUSIC DAY 2023? Every year on June 21, people around the world come together to celebrate World Music Day, also known as Fête de la Musique. This international event is a joyous occasion that highlights the power of music, its universal language, and its remarkable ability to bridge cultural boundaries. Let’s explore the rich history, significance, vibrant celebrations, and memorable quotes associated with World Music Day.

World Music Day History

World Music Day traces its roots back to France in 1982 when it was first observed. The credit for initiating this global celebration goes to Maurice Fleuret, a prominent French composer. With Jack Lang, the French Minister of Culture at the time, Fleuret introduced the Fête de la Musique, now known as World Music Day, in Paris on the Summer Solstice.

In 1982, a study on the cultural habits of the French population revealed that five million individuals, including one young person out of two, played a musical instrument. This discovery further fueled Fleuret’s desire to create an occasion encouraging people to come into the streets and celebrate music. The first celebration of the Fête de la Musique (World Music Day) took place in Paris, and since then, it has gained global recognition and participation.

World Music Day Significance

World Music Day is a significant celebration that highlights the transformative power of music, transcending boundaries and fostering unity among people from diverse backgrounds. This global event encourages individuals to appreciate and actively engage with all forms of music, irrespective of genre, style, or language.

By providing a platform for both established and aspiring artists, World Music Day not only showcases musical talent but also offers opportunities for emerging musicians to gain exposure and recognition. The day’s vibrant celebrations feature open events and concerts, creating an atmosphere of joy and shared experiences for all participants.

World Music Day Celebrations

It is celebrated in over 120 countries around the world. The festivities typically involve open-air concerts, street performances, jam sessions, and other musical events. Musicians, both amateur and professional, take to the streets and public spaces to perform live music, inviting people to join in and appreciate their artistry. One of the greatest aspects of Music Day is that most of the concerts are completely free, and anyone can join in to become a part of it.

World Music Day Quotes

  1. If music wakes you up, makes you think, heals you..then, I guess the music is working – A.R.Rahman
  2. Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent. – Victor Hugo
  3. Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything. – Plato
  4. Music touches us emotionally, where words alone can’t. – Johnny Depp
  5. Music is the universal language of mankind – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  6. I like beautiful melodies telling me terrible things. – Tom Waits
  7. Music acts like a magic key, to which the most tightly closed heart opens. – Maria von Trapp

 

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