Saturday, 8 June 2013

(Inter)National Music Day, 21 June 2013: an opportunity 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 in February last year as Ireland's part in the Fête de la Musique, and yesterday (7 June) a preview of this year's National Music Day was staged in Dublin. More than 200 musical happenings are already scheduled in Ireland for 21 June, including a day devoted to busking in Dublin city.