World Music Day: Celebrating Diversity in Global Musical Culture

    Why World Music Day Is Important?

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    World Music Day is an international music day celebrated on June 21 every year. This day was established by UNESCO in 1994 to celebrate the diversity of music across the globe.

    If there is one thing that is common among people across the world, it is their fondness for music. There is at least one kind for everybody. Isn’t it mind-blowing that a composition, tune, lyrics or rhythm can vest the power to impact and influence something as complex as mind and conscience? Keeping in mind how impactful music can be, World Music Day is celebrated every year on June 21.

    World Music Day was first observed in France in the year 1982. It was organised by the then French Minister of Culture, Jack Lange. It was on the Summer Solstice that Jack Lange came together with Maurice Fleuret and commenced the Fete de la Musique in Paris. It is also why World Music Day is alternatively known as Fete de la Musique. Fleuret was the main man behind initiating and organising the World Music Day. He was a French composer, music journalist, and radio producer by profession.

    What Makes World Music Day Unique?

    World Music Day is the day to celebrate music from all over the world.

    After France recognised this as an event, it became a global festival, and countries including India, Italy, Brazil, Japan, China, United States, Mexico, Canada, Malaysia, Greece, Russia, Ecuador, Australia, Peru, the UK, also observed the day in a similar capacity. Today, hundreds of cities celebrate this day with great enthusiasm.

    This special day was first organised by Maurice Fleuret, director of Music and Dance of France’s ministry of culture and Jack Lang, the then french minister of culture in 1982. The celebration was held on the day of the summer solstice. Lang and Fleuret, along with architect-scenographer Christian Dupavillon, came up with a plan to assemble musicians on the streets of Paris for the special day.

    On 21 June, 1982, a concert was held and it celebrated both professional and amateur musicians all over France. Later on in 1985, other nations also adopted this annual concert on the occasion of the European Year of Music. Then in 1997, a contract was signed in Budapest, during the European Festival of Music and from then on, this day has been celebrated worldwide to encourage musicians.

    World Music Day has helped revive many traditional genres that were once fading away. It has also helped introduce new musical trends and artists to the forefront. Apart from encouraging children to nurture their musical talents, the celebration also has a healing effect across communities.

    The uniqueness of World Music Day lies in its celebration of music from all over the world. It is not just an international music day, but also a celebration of diversity.

    To celebrate this day, people from music backgrounds, both veterans and budding artists, come out to showcase their talent. On this day, free concerts are organised for everyone to attend. It is a massive cultural exchange and also brings society closer.

    Outline of Different Celebrations from Around the Globe

    World Music Day 2022
    World Music Day Paris – Image courtesy wikipedia

    Different countries have different ways of celebrating their musical culture. For example, in the United States, we celebrate our musical culture with a big concert or festival. In India, people celebrate their musical culture by listening to music and dancing.

    The Importance of Celebrating Musical Diversity and its Role in Intercultural Exchange to Promote Unity and Peace.

    Music is a universal language. It is an art form that can be appreciated and understood by many. It has the power to transcend boundaries and unite people of different backgrounds.

    It can also be a powerful tool in education, as it gives students the opportunity to learn about other cultures through songs that are meaningful to them. Music is also a way for people to express themselves and their feelings in unique ways, which can lead to stronger bonds between people who listen together or perform together.


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