World Music Day: Know where it is being celebrated around the world

  • AFP, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jun 21, 2016 13:32 IST
People dance on Saint-Georges square in downtown Toulouse, southwestern France. (AFP)

Fête de la Musique, popularly known as World Music Day, is held annually on June 21 marking the summer solstice in the northern hemisphere.

Open to aspiring musicians and seasoned professionals alike, it is a longstanding celebration of music that originated in France in 1982.

A growing tradition in more than 700 cities around the world, it often goes by the name Make Music. Find out where to enjoy and participate in free musical performances and events.

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‘Il est minuit, Paris s’éveille’, a 52-minute documentary for television, directed by Yves Jeuland (2011), will be screened to celebrate Fête de la Musique’s French roots. It features such icons of the chanson française as Barbara, Jacques Brel, Charles Aznavour, Juliette Gréco, and Serge Gainsbourg, who all started their careers on cabaret stages. The film delves into archives and interviews.

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Merida, Mexico

A version of the music festival has been celebrated in Yucatan since June 8, and will culminate on June 21. The French trio “Paris Belleville” (violin, accordeon, guitar) have been invited to play their snappy brand of swing and jazz, doing both improvisation and homages to the likes of Piaf and Brel.

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Held at Berlin’s Centre Français, this year’s line-up of bands includes a wide musical spectrum: Hirokesen (alternative-pop), Lukas Meister (pop), Moster (funk-hip hop), Kiddams (pop-rock-funk), Son Kapital (ska).

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Detroit, MI, USA

The inaugural ‘Make Music Detroit’ features over 100 performers at more than 20 sites around the city, clustered in the Cultural Center, Downtown and North End. Attendees can visit Detroit Institute of Arts, The Carr Center at Harmonie Park, Third Man Records, and sites along the Oakland Avenue Artist Corridor. Performances start at noon and end at midnight.

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Metro Manila

Showcasing the music scene of the Philippines across two dates (June 18 and 23), this year’s festival will be headlined by Up Dharma Down, Kjwan, Yolanda Moon, Bituin Escalante, as well as French singer and composer Nathan Zanagar. In addition to two main stages, 20 smaller venues around the Metro will host performances.

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Seattle, WA, USA

Seattle’s musical legacy has finally gotten in step with Fête de la Musique. The local Northwestern community’s event spans the Seattle Symphony to the Pike Place buskers, with performances at diverse venues like Café Racer or the Paramount Theatre, with genres from hip-hop to Bach.

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Boston, MA, USA

This year marks Boston’s third celebration of Fête de la Musique. In the past two years alone, the festival has nearly doubled its volume of participating artists. The event attracted an ensemble of 30 trombonists, and spawned a massive guitar jam session. This year’s locations include the the Boston Common, the Lawn on D, the Rose Kennedy Greenway and the Faneuil Hall Marketplace.

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