International Music Day 2020

Until International Music Day are 10 days.

In 2020 International Music Day is on October 1st (thursday).

It cannot be argued that music can have a very positive influence on our mood or even health. It can evoke a range of emotions – from sadness to laughter, joy, or happiness. As Plato once stated, ‘music gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.’ It is, indeed, important to appreciate music and all it can do for us. For this reason, International Music Day is annually observed around the world on October 1.

This beautiful festival of music has been initiated by a person who was also a remarkable musician – Lord Yehudi Menuhin, an American violinist and conductor. He is even often considered to be one of the most talented violinists of the 20th century. Menuhin was also the president of the International Music Council – an advisory body of UNESCO on matters of music. In 1975 he declared October 1 as International Music Day. Menuhin’s main idea while establishing the holiday of music was mainly to promote the art of music among all sections of society. In an official letter to all IMC members, however, Menuhin wrote: ‘We hope that this first International Music Day . . . will become an annual event for the propagation of greater knowledge of our art, arid for the strengthening of the bonds of peace and friendship between peoples through music.’

The violinist’s wish came true. Nowadays around 150 countries around the world celebrate October 1 and through music become united in building peace and understanding among people of diverse cultures, religions and languages. Free concerts are being organised every year, so people can enjoy the music and appreciate it together. Many countries also host talent shows where emerging musicians can prove their talent, or free exhibitions that are dedicated to music. Menuhin also advised that the radio and television should on October 1 broadcast various concerts, debates or speeches dedicated to music. Realising all of these activities by various countries prove that music is a universal platform that connects all people, because we all love music.

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The organisers of the event in different countries have also found it important to focus on the environment while celebrating this worldwide festival of music. The International Music Council encourages every country taking part in the observance to stop the traffic for a while in order to maintain a few moments of silence. This is a struggle against the pollution of the sound environment and a great opportunity to listen to the music played in main city squares, or simply the music of silence.