Make Music Ghana is a live, free musical celebration on June 21, the longest day of the year, with concerts on streets, sidewalks, and parks across the city.
JOIN THE WORLD IN CELEBRATING MUSIC IN JUNE 21
This year Phasers Acoustics in partnership with Make Music Day is bringing this special music event to Ghana!
Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 1,000 cities in 120 countries. Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music Day is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbors, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.
Each year, over 1,000 cities around the world throw citywide music celebrations on June 21.
It all started 40 years ago in France. In 1982, France’s Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They imagined a day where free, live music would be everywhere: street corners and parks, rooftops and gardens, store fronts and mountaintops.
And, unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music, or host performances. The event would take place on the summer solstice, June 21, and would be called Fête De La Musique. (In French, the name means both “festival of music” and “make music!”)
Amazingly enough, this dream has come true. The Fête has turned into a true national holiday: France shuts down on the summer solstice and musicians take over. Almost 8% of the country (5 million people) have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fête de la Musique.
Three decades later, the holiday has spread throughout the world and is now celebrated in more than 120 countries. The Fête de la Musique has become an inspiring example for other countries who now celebrate their own June 21 musical holidays, including “Make Music Day” events in the United States, Nigeria, China, Australia, UK, Germany, Italy, and Brazil, to name a few. This year, it debuts in Ghana with Phasers Acoustics being the Organizer and presenting sponsor.
Faire La Fête
To honor the event’s 40th anniversary in 2022, the Make Music Alliance is organizing a series called Faire La Fête
with 40 concerts in 40 countries on Tuesday, June 21, each featuring the music of French songwriters and composers. These events will be a highlight of each country’s Make Music Day, bringing attention to the event’s origins and ensuing international growth. In Ghana, a special musical evening is presented in partnership with the Embassy of France and the Alliance Francaise at the Alliance Francaise premises.
- Thousands of amateur musicians, of all ages and genres, play for some of the biggest crowds of their lives, and some play in front of people for the first time. Everyone can experience the joy of performing, even those without the skills or connections to find gigs in regular venues.
- Professional artists and presenters showcase their music to a new audience, reaching people who would never normally hear their work.
- Schools can reach out to the community and celebrate Make Music Day while the community rejoices in the rich talent in our schools.
- Participants feel part of a larger musical community, and have the freedom to wander around and improvise with each other. For most musicians, it will be unlike any other musical experience they have had.
- Listeners can come out from under their headphones and experience live music up close. Audiences feel no pressure to stay if they don’t like a particular band; with no money spent and no walls holding them in, they can wander to discover unfamiliar genres and groups risk-free.
- Local business districts attract customers by hosting musicians in front of shops and restaurants.
- For neighbours, it’s a chance to turn footpaths and streets into impromptu stages, dance floors, and social meeting points, and bring their community together.
To participate as a venue and attract performers, register your event at https://ghana.makemusicday.org
To participate as a performer and showcase your talent, register your performance at https://ghana.makemusicday.org
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Be Inspired by Ghanaian Music
Please support our local musicians and talents by joining the conversations on music education and talent development, patronizing Ghanaian music, and attending live music performances. Ghana is rich in musical talent and content. We need to show the world our authentic style for everyone to join the groove.
There are several avenues for supporting music, music education, and production in Ghana. You can start here by supporting Make Music Day.
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