Music, an everyday concept that we often take for granted. It is everywhere, all around us, and we’re often not even aware of it anymore. Yet, it is the one thing that connects us as human beings. Like Hans Christian Andersen once cleverly pointed out: “where words fail, music speaks.”
Music is a form of language that is commonly understood by every human being on the globe.
- It brings joy, comfort and liveliness into the world.
- It can communicate emotions like no other.
- It can create mutual understanding between people from different social backgrounds, ethnicities and social classes.
Music inspires. That, to me, is the true beauty of it.
To celebrate this form of art and to encourage amateur and professional musicians to step out of their comfort zone and perform in public areas all over the world, Fête de la Musique (World Music Day) has been introduced.
Over 108 countries and 726 cities around the world yearly participate on 21st June and offer free concerts and music events in streets, parks, squares, public and commercial buildings. It is the perfect way to get together and to enjoy music styles of all sorts. At the same time, it promotes the connection between city centers and rural areas, not leaving anyone out.
For amateur musicians Fête de la Musique is the perfect opportunity to reach out and let other people hear what they have to offer. Even for professional musicians it is a great chance to get a feeling of what it is like to perform in front of a different backdrop than the usual concert hall. The events during this day also promote the encounter and exchange between amateur and professional musicians.
And I just had to show you this example. A flashmob in the Copenhagen metro that I saw recently.
Fête de la Musique was established by the French Minister of Culture, Jack Lang, in 1982. He discovered in a study on the cultural habits of the French, that five million people (one child out of two) played a musical instrument. This was the beginning of his dream to bring these people out on the streets and make music accessible to everyone. And it obviously worked! Starting in France, the event soon spread out across the world and still gets picked up by new countries every year. If that isn’t an indication that music is important, I honestly don’t know what is.
To see where Fête de la Musique is celebrated in your area (and how you can participate), visit their website!
Comment below and tell us what music means to you!
– Maaike (UDI Research Assistant)