The Ministry of Culture and Communication in France held the first World Music Day in 1982, as a means to celebrate amateur musicians. After Maurice Fleuret discovered that nearly 5 million French people played an instrument, he decided to create a festival that would bring people out onto the streets. The idea was that amateur and professional musicians would perform in the streets, giving access to the public. More importantly, concerts would be free to the public as musicians would donate their time for free.
Each year, on June 21st, over 120 countries host events as part of World Music Day. Traditionally, all concerts and events are open to the public, free of charge. Musical styles range from jazz to pop to country, and everything in between. With diversity as a focal point, this festival not only appeals to music lovers but artists of all mediums as well.
The event is also known as Fête de la Musique (www.fetedelamusique.culture.fr) and will be celebrated around the world, in places like Greece, Russia, Italy, Germany, Japan, Brazil, Australia, Ecuador, and Mexico, with festivities including musical performances, vocal workshops, community concerts, dance workshops, open mic events, events that promote positive mental health through music, and of course, there will be food!
Here's a glimpse of just a few events in the UK. [Source: https://musicday.org.uk/events]
Get out there and #ExploreYourWorld through music! #pARTicipate!