World Music Day 2021/ Fête de la Musique on 21st June: Theme, History, Significance of the day
World Music Day 2021 or International Music Day 2021 (also known as Fête de la Musique in French) is being observed on 21st June. The Music Day shares its anniversary with the International Yoga Day. The first Music Day celebration took place on the day of the summer solstice in 1982.
The idea of International Yoga Day was first proposed by PM Narendra Modi during his speech at the UNGA (27 September 2014), but do you know about history and theme or World Music Day 2021? In the article below one can learn the history of the day besides the theme of the World Music Day 2021.
World Music Day 2021: Theme
Over 130 countries have taken part in the World Music Day celebrations this year too. Concerts under Fête de la Musique are generally organized on this day on the streets. These concerts are free of charge. The musicians also perform for free.
The theme of World Music Day 2021 is “Music at the intersections”. This event is also known as ‘Make Music Day’. It lays stress on the importance of nurturing people's affection for music and sharing music with all without any restrictions.
World Music Day 2021: History & Significance
The first ever music day took place in 1982 in Paris as the Fête de la Musique. The move was proposed by Jack Lang (French politician) and Maurice Fleuret (composer, music journalist, radio producer, arts administrator), two members of the French Minister of Culture.
Jack Lang's requested Maurice Fleuret to become Director of Music and Dance at Minister of Culture, France. Maurice Fleuret applied studies to the musical practice & its evolution (Often known as "the music everywhere and the concert nowhere").
Maurice Fleuret studied cultural habits of the French peoples and learned that one young person out of two, played a musical instrument. He decided to bring out people from their home to the streets and proposed the idea to celebrate summer solstice (or June 21) as the World Music Day.
As Beethoven, the prodigy once said, "Music is like a dream … One that I cannot hear." Stevie Wonder was of the view that, “Music is a world within itself. It’s a language we all understand.”