Friday, 24 February 2012

European Music Day (21 June): a place for bluegrass?

The Fête de la Musique, first held in France thirty years ago, is now a worldwide programme of free musical events on the summer solstice (21 June) each year.

The Fête de la Musique is generally known in English as International (or World) Music Day, or as National Music Day in individual countries; there are also regional networks such as European Music Day. This provides another framework in which bluegrass music (among many other genres) can be more widely heard throughout Europe during midsummer, in 2012 and every year.

The love:live music movement, presented by Music Network in association with RTÉ Lyric FM and funded by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, was launched on 22 Feb. 2012 as Ireland's part in the Fête de la Musique; more can be read about it on the Bluegrass Ireland Blog. Similar arrangements exist in other countries of Europe.