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World Music Day

It's World Music Day on 21 June. Learn about this musical celebration and complete our reading activity.

21 June is ‘World Music Day’ (Fete de la Musique) and in our afternoon speaking and listening class we have been talking about the music styles popular in our own countries, and the students have been describing the music that they love to listen to.

Read the article below and put the missing words and phrases from the box back into the text. You can check the meaning of the words in a dictionary first.

junk   midsummer   donate   passers-by   phenomenon   concept   evolve   dreaming   came up with   festival  enormously  genres

In October 1981, Maurice Fleuret became Director of Music and Dance at the French Ministry of Culture. One of his roles was to think about music in France and how it could ______ and he ______ the idea of "music everywhere and the concert nowhere".

A 1982 study found that five million people played a musical instrument, and Fleuret began ______ of a way to bring people out on the streets to enjoy music in public. Therefore, in Paris in 1982, the first Fête de la Musique took place. The chosen day was the 21st June, which is ______ in the Northern Hemisphere and, therefore, the longest day of the year. Since then, the ______ has grown into a truly international ______; celebrated on midsummer’s day in more than 700 cities in over 100 countries, including China, Germany, and Peru.

The ______ of the festival is to promote music with both amateur and professional musicians performing in the streets for ______, and also with free concerts of all ______ being organised for the public to attend. The musicians and the organisers all ______ their time for free.

The UK first got involved in 2012 and, since then, the number of events taking place has grown ______. These events include open mic sessions, band practice nights, a Brazilian music day, and a ____ orchestra for kids.

World Music Day. English blog post.

Answers

In October 1981, Maurice Fleuret became Director of Music and Dance at the French Ministry of Culture. One of his roles was to think about music in France and how it could evolve and he came up with the idea of "music everywhere and the concert nowhere".

A 1982 study found that five million people played a musical instrument, and Fleuret began dreaming of a way to bring people out on the streets to enjoy music in public. Therefore, in Paris in 1982, the first Fête de la Musique took place. The chosen day was the 21st June, which is midsummer in the Northern Hemisphere and, therefore, the longest day of the year. Since then, the festival has grown into a truly international phenomenon; celebrated on midsummer’s day in more than 700 cities in over 100 countries, including China, Germany, and Peru.

The concept of the festival is to promote music with both amateur and professional musicians performing in the streets for passers-by, and also with free concerts of all genres being organised for the public to attend. The musicians and the organisers all donate their time for free.

The UK first got involved in 2012 and, since then, the number of events taking place has grown enormously. These events include open mic sessions, band practice nights, a Brazilian music day, and a junk orchestra for kids.

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