This photo, from the European Music Day Facebook page for Greece, shows technicians assembling sound and lighting equipment on a concert stage in Syntagma Square in Athens
Annual music event was founded in France 30 years ago
The European Music Day (EMD) essentially got its start in France in 1982 when the French Minister of Culture organized a “Make Music Day” to fill the streets with musicians. In 1985, Athens became the first city outside of France to celebrate Music Day. In 1995, a network of organizations across Europe formally established European Music Day “to support, produce and promote (new/emerging/rising) artists of all music genres and to exchange (import/export) artists between countries and/or cities,” the EMD website explains.
Since the first European Music Day was celebrated in Athens on June 21 1999, EMD has been a national summer solstice event in Greece, with events typically taking place in about 30 different cities.
“In a particularly difficult time for our country, the concerts, activities and events of 2013 are bringing a strong message of optimism, unity and cooperation. Determined to change the rhythms of the cities, 2,500 musicians, 495 bands, DJs, Choirs and Orchestras will be present in 210 events and 38 parallel events, Nationwide!” the EMD website notes.
In some locations, including Athens, Agrinio, Amaliada, Serres and Volos, music events actually got underway yesterday, and continue to June 24.
Click here to view this year’s program. Full event details are available on the EMD website.