More than 100 countries to fete World Music Day

Sunday 18 September 2011 16:18

Anyone can make music on World Music Day, in some cases in any location, provided one rule is followed: The music must be free. In 2010, 110 countries are signed on to observe World Music Day, which is held annually on June 21.

World Music Day originated in France, where since 1982 the Fête de la Musique has taken place annually on June 21. The event consists of free performances organized in parks, public squares, and indoor venues, as well as unofficial concerts given along city streets.

Through its 19-year history, the event has gradually caught on internationally, and a host of cities and countries worldwide now observe the day either independently or with help from local French consulates or cultural associations. What is now known internationally as World Music Day is celebrated on June 21 (or the nearest weekend) with free concerts and open participation in 110 countries.

In Istanbul, "Music Stops" will include a series of events in various areas of the city, culminating with a 9:00pm concert in Sultanhamet. In New York City, Make Music New York, now in its fourth year, organizes more than 1,000 performances on sidewalks, in parks and community gardens, and in a variety of other venues. In Armenia, a full day of concerts will take place in parks and public squares in Yerevan. Additional events are planned in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietman; Limassol, Cyprus; several locations in Namibia; and more than 100 other countries.

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