Thirty-seven cities in Greece will celebrate the 17th edition of European Music Day through a series of concerts, activities and events, aiming to pass a strong message of optimism, unity and cooperation. European Music Day is Greece’s biggest open air, entrance-free musical gathering.
Neighborhoods, squares, pedestrian streets and parks of Greece with flood with melodies from June 18 until June 23: 3,000 musicians, 430 bands, djs, choirs and orchestras will be performing in 320 events in more than 170 locations all over the country.
Very special events are scheduled to take place in many parts of the country, such as events in the Pinios river (Larissa), on one of the smallest islands of the Aegean (Donoussa), in Chania or Soufli or even in the Pedio tou Areos park (Athens) that will be transformed into a musical village. Events in Athens events kick off on June 21.
Cities participating in the European Music Day 2016 event include Athens, Agios Dimitrios, Agios Nikolaos, Agrinio, Amaliada, Chania, Delphi, Didymoteicho, Donoussa, Drama, Edessa, Eleusina, Halkida, Heraklion, Ioannina, Itea, Kavala, Kalampaka, Kefalonia, Kythera, Larissa, Lesvos, Levadia, Loutraki, Naxos, Orestiada, Patras, Pireaus, Preveza, Pyrgos, Santorini, Serres, Sparti, Soufli, Thessaloniki, Veria, Volos, Vyronas and Xanthi.
Check the European Music Day Greece 2016 programme for a concert near you!
European Music Day
In 1982, on June 21 – the day of the summer solstice – Music Day or Make Music Day (from French translation Fête de la Musique or Faites de la Musique) was celebrated for the first time by the initiative of Jack Lang, the French Minister of Culture at that time, aiming to bring all musicians out onto the streets.
Music Day was soon embraced as a concept and institution and in 1985 it travelled beyond France with the same aim. Athens, as the first cultural capital of Europe, was the first city outside France to celebrate Music Day.
European Music Day is a true celebration dedicated to music, musicians, our cities and their people.