June 21 -rst, 35 years as European Music Day
Since 1982, June 21 has been known as “Music Day” in France, and since 1985 this day has become the European Day of Music. This is to promote all musical genres as different forms of musical expressions. The concept of music festival throughout the day has started as an initiative of the American musician Joel Cohen who for two seasons was a producer of radio programs on the French National Radio (France Musique). His idea was taken and later declared an official holiday by the French Ministry of Culture Jack Lang, according to the official website www.fetedelamusique.de.
Music Day turned into a wide-ranging event and in 1985 it moved from France to Greece, to Athens on the occasion of the first edition of the European Capital of Culture. Since then the Festival has turned into an international event. Music Day is already celebrated in 700 cities in 120 countries from Germany to Mexico and Japan.