Make Music Nicosia
On Friday, June 21st, the first Make Music Nicosia festival, will fill within the walls Nicosia’s outdoor spaces and music venues with over one hundred live concerts and music activities, free and open to the public. From classical to Folk and Traditional, Hip Hop to Opera, Latin, Jazz to Punk and Rock, Electronic and Experimental live music of all kinds will resound on streets, sidewalks, porches, plazas, parks, gardens, and in partnership with cultural institutions and businesses, on the longest day of the year. Make Music Day brings music of all persuasions and skill levels and anyone can participate.
Make Music Nicosia’s mission celebrates the musician in all of us, connects Cypriots to their communities and with each other, brings new artistic creations to life, unites diverse communities in a spirit of celebration and free creation without boundaries and energizes the shared social spaces, that make Nicosia a multicultural city. Everyone is invited to take part in this all-day celebration. Our mission is ambitious, inclusive, adventurous and fun, and we will accomplish it by producing an annual citywide celebration with all of you.
It all started 37 years ago in France.
Make Music Day began in Paris in 1982 as Fête de la Musique (In French, the name means both “festival of music” and “make music!”). 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. And, unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music, or host performances.
This celebration of music, 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.
Make Music Day has spread throughout the world and has become an international phenomenon. Taking place on the Summer Solstice, the biggest day of each year, it’s now celebrated in more than 800 cities across 150 countries, with each city creating an experience that is unique to their ecosystem.