Wherever you call it Live, European, World, National or even Make Music Day… 21st of June is all about Music!
In Europe, Music Day or Fete de la Musique is also called Zene Unnepe, Giorti tis Mousikis, Festa della Musica or Praznik Glasbe and for more than 20 years, European partners of the I.N.P.O. European Association of the Music Day Organisers (EMDA) or AISBL Association Européenne des Organisateurs de la Fête de la Musique (in french) are collaborating, with a common goal: support the European Live Music Unity through Diversity!
Since 1995, EMDA members coordinate a vast network of public and private partners in their own territories and furthermore collaborate at European level to promote music diversity, to coproduce events and support artistic exchange between national and European cities of the network.
They participate and/or organize conferences, seminars and workshops to support European Live Music Making and to enhance the Music Sector in general.
In other words, stepping on music, and the thousand live events produced simultaneously all across the continent, EMDA partners are supporting music to move millions of Europeans, in more than 300 cities of the old continent.
Created in 1981, the Music Council is an association that aims to make known, share and promote the liveliness of the world of music in Wallonia and Brussels. The activities of the Music Council are relevant to professional musicians as well as to amateurs or music lovers and cover all musical genres. Since 1985, it organizes events and concerts all around the region Wallonie – Bruxelles and events including have taken an international dimension.
Since 2009, the Municipality of Split with the support of CroatianMusiciansUnion Split (HGU Split) organizes a great series of concerts and events for the Music Day. With the support of the City of Split, Split Tourist Board and the County of Split-Dalmatia, HGU as a professional association of Croatian musicians prepare every year a program which emphasizes the importance of music in everyday life.
Since 2009 the music day events are celebrated in Brno in many locations and with a multitude of music events. Since 2012, Prague has also join and make it first events again, after many years. All organizers are making an effort of connection and the Czech network is growing year after year.
Greece: First events where held in Athens on the 21st of June 1999. Since then, Music Day has become a national event that takes place simultaneously in 50 cities per year (average), presenting over 2.500 artists and 500 bands, orchestras and ensembles in 400 events locations throughout Greece.
Organization combines the production and coordination of a series of events that vary in size & character (street music festivals, showcases, recitals or big concerts), including artistic exchange between national and European cities of the network, multiple conferences, training / seminars activities. European Music Day Network events is considered as the largest Music events of South Easter Europe.
Osservatorio Association is organizing the “Festa Europea della Musica” since 1995. The events are promoted by the Cultural Office of the Rome City Council, and they have obtained the patronage of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry for Arts and Cultural Affairs while they were awarded the medal of the Italian President of the Republic. Concerts are held in squares as well as in heritage sites and various institutions of the city of Rome. From very well known places like Piazza del Campidoglio and Piazza del Popolo, to courtyards, from historical buildings to churches and museums, from archeological sites to streets in the suburbs.
Love:Live Music – Ireland’s name for Music Day on the 21st of June. Whether you’re into rock and pop, choral music, rhythm and blues, freestyle jazz or operatic arias, then this is for you! All of the events taking place around the country during the day and night are FREE and open to everyone. Love:Live Music gives performers the opportunity to shine a spotlight on ‘new Irish music’ by showcasing contemporary styles, especially when collaborating with other musicians from different cultures and disciplines. The diversity of the performances illustrates the breadth of creativityacross all corners of the country – not just by professional musicians, but by keen amateurs as well.
European Music Day (A Zene Ünnepe) happens every year in Budapest since 1995. Despite the many changes within the organizers of the Music Day events, Music still brings the same message. Since 2009 with its new national coordination, efforts have shown first strong results and the events are expanding year after year. In 2011 and 2012 the event was held in over 80 venues and promoted about 200 artists. Today European Music Day events are taking place in many other cities.
SIGIC – The Slovenian Music and Information Center has join the global initiative in 2017 and for next edition, on the 21st June, the streets will come to life in the name of music not only in Ljubljana, but also in Maribor. In Ljubljana, the celebration will take place within the June festival in Ljubljana, and in Maribor, under the auspices of the Lent Festival.
Switzerland – Lausanne
Since 1994, Lausanne has been part of the pioneering Swiss cities committed to the original spirit of the Fête de la Musique, i.e. respect of the date (June 21), voluntary participation of all musicians, free entry to all concerts. Nearly 2.000 artists of all musical styles perform each year on the 40 various stages (clubs, cafés, museums, churches, hospitals, concert halls and open air stages). In Lausanne, the Fête de la Musique has become a very popular musical events, with an audience of more than 40.000 people in 2012.