On this day in 1982, The first ‘Fête de la Musique’, a music festival otherwise know as ‘World Music Day’ launched in Paris, France.
The festival takes place every year on June 21st, its purpose was to promote music in two ways: (1) Amateur and professional musicians are encouraged to perform in the streets. The slogan ‘Faites de la musique’ (Make music), a homophone of Fête de la Musique, is used to promote this goal; (2) Free concerts are organized, making all genres of music accessible to the public. Two of the rules to being sanctioned by the official Fête de la Musique organization in Paris are that all concerts must be free to the public, and all performers donate their time for free.
The Fête de la Musique has now spread to many countries throughout the world.