Celebrate European Music Day 2011

European Music Day falls on 21 June 2011. It is an annual event turning the streets in cities all across Europe into music stages – and what’s more, it’s free for everyone!

The European Music Day was born in France in 1982, when the then French Minister of Culture Jack Lang and the French Ministry of Culture, set up Music Day (Fete de la Musique) for the first time. The aim was to bring out musicians of all genres, onto the streets for the public to enjoy for free. As Athens was the first European Capital of Culture in 1985, Music Day was celebrated in Greece for the first time outside of France.

The exclusive rights for representation of the day went to Greece in 1999 and since then, Music Day has been promoted quite heavily all over Greece.  It is recognised as the largest music event in the country, transforming over 24 cities with more than 70 bands.  Greece will have its own artists, including Baby Guru, Dr Vodkatini and Baclava Cubano whilst welcoming artists from other countries such as bands from Denmark, Venezuela and Switzerland … Find out more about European Music Day in Greece>>

This year, European Music Day will have a ‘flash mob’ dance event on the 21st June.  A public place in the centre of Athens (Greece), Budapest (Hungary) and Warsaw (Poland) will be transformed into a giant dance floor!

Find out more about the European Music Day>>

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If you are travelling to Greece to join in with European Music Day there, learn to speak Greek and find out more about the Greek culture before you go>>