The Fête de la Musique, also known as World Music Day, is a music festival taking place on 21st June every year.
World Music Day is a day on which the world celebrates the magical gift of music.
The idea of the World Music Day was conceptualized first in France in 1976 by American musician Joel Cohen who proposed an all-night music celebration to mark the beginning of the summer solstice.
The idea was taken up by French Music and Dance director Maurice Fleuret for Minister of Culture Jack Lang in 1981 and first took place in 1982 in Paris.
Since then, it has become a worldwide phenomenon with over 32 countries worldwide having their own celebrations in their own way, regardless of the season.
It is a day of free music, where musicians – local and amateur – are allowed and encouraged to perform their music in public spaces without any restriction. Of course, in Mumbai we would have to pay entertainment tax (and shut down by 10 pm), but still, it’s a fabulous day to celebrate the spirit of music in all its forms.