Word Music Day 2021: Importance, history, memorable quotes and how to celebrate it during a pandemic

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Word Music Day 2021: Importance, history, memorable quotes and how to celebrate it during a pandemic
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What started as a music festival (Fête de la Musique) in 1982 in France eventually became World Music Day observed on June 21 every year. This day is centered around the concept of equality in opportunities in the world of music by honouring budding and seasoned musicians alike. This day encourages every musician to showcase his or her accomplishments to the world.

World Music day began in 1982

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In 1982, Jack Lang, France’s minister of culture and Maurice Fleuret, a French composer together landed on the concept of celebrating the World Music Day. It all began in Paris on a summer solstice day. World Music day is celebrated in more than 120 countries with free concerts staged in public places like streets, stations, museums, and parks. On this day, musicians take delight in playing in public. Starting from 1982, the summer solstice day of June 21 came to be observed as the World Music Day.

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World Music day 2021 — events and theme

The theme of World Music Day 2021 is “Music at the intersections”. The other name of the event is ‘Make Music Day’ which stresses on the importance of nurturing one’s passion for music and sharing music with all without any restrictions. Due to Covid-19 pandemic, this year will not see public concerts commemorating the World Music Day. Nevertheless, the spirit of the day will keep ringing in the minds of music lovers.

World Music Day facts

  • Over 120 countries celebrate World Music Day on June 21 organising public concerts free of cost in more than 700 cities of the world.
  • France is the hub of World Music Day and the country organises the highest number of events commemorating the day.
  • World Music Day on June 21 also marks the beginning of the summer solstice.
  • Most of the concerts organised on this day are free to attend for anyone.
How to celebrate World Music Day in 2021
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Covid-19 pandemic has changed the way we do things. Due to prevailing restrictions, you might not be able to participate in live concerts this year. Nevertheless, the digital world has given us ample opportunities to celebrate this day differently. Here are some ideas to celebrate WMD in 2021.

  • Immerse in your favourite music with your family for the whole day using music streaming apps.
  • Read some interesting articles on music and share them on social media.
  • Invite your friends to participate in online music concerts.
  • Make music with your family both vocal (however it might sound) and instrumental (whatever you get to produce music with) and record it to share with your friends for fun.
Some inspiring quotes on music

"Music is like a dream … One that I cannot hear." ― Beethoven
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“Music is a world within itself. It’s a language we all understand.” -- Stevie Wonder

"One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain." ― Bob Marley

"I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music." ― Billy Joel
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"If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music." ― Albert Einstein

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” Plato


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