June 21: When summer solstice and Music Day go hand in hand

The summer solstice, this Monday, June 21, marks the entry into astronomical summer as well as the longest day of the year. It must be differentiated from the start of the meteorological summer which began on June 1.

June 21 is a special day for two reasons: the Music Festival and the summer solstice. What to spend a hot and festive day. Indeed, the summer solstice marks the start of the third season of the year, with more than 16 hours of sunshine on average depending on the regions of the northern hemisphere. It will be the longest day of the year. Note, however, that it does not always take place on June 21, it can happen depending on the year that it falls on June 19, 20 or 22.

After this date, the days will shorten until the winter solstice on December 21, the date of the shortest day (about 8 hours of daylight). The Fête de la Musique takes place every year on June 21, the day of the summer solstice (or the preceding / following weekends depending on the city). It was launched in France in 1982 at the initiative of Jack Lang, Minister of Culture, and Maurice Fleuret, Director of Music and Dance within the same ministry. Its principle: to promote music through the holding of concerts and musical events dedicated to amateur musicians. All styles of music are represented: rock, rap, blues, jazz, electro, metal, classical, French song.

The Fête de la Musique quickly became international, since its concept was taken up in 1985 on the occasion of the European Year of Music. More than 120 countries of the world including Morocco are currently participating. This day is sometimes also known as World Music Day (World Music Day) although the French name is also often used in some English-speaking countries (at the same time as Make Music!, literal translation of “Make music!” “).

What about in Morocco? This is the second Music Festival since the start of the Covid-19. Just as much as its previous one and even if it is to a lesser degree it will be restrictive despite the Kingdom being in the process of relaxing its sanitary measures, because the evening will remain subject to the curfew (11 p.m.), with rare concerts possible here and there, in some dedicated places (Theaters…).

But the event will be largely virtual, like almost everywhere in the world. Gharnati music through electro music are on the program. The plastic arts will be there (portrait of the artist Zineb LAHLOU. A zoom on the resumption of the cultural season through extracts from the play “Aji Daba” and finally a little history lesson with the secular links between Morocco and the United States through the exhibition “Of voice and stone-200 years of history at the building of the American Legation and in Morocco”.

This Monday’s cultural getaway will begin in the Mythical Habous district in Casablanca with a visit to the “Dar El Ala” Museum. This museum dedicated to the Arab-Andalusian musical heritage was created in the early 1960s, on the initiative of the Association of Andalusian Music Lovers. Music lovers will be able to admire an extremely rare collection of old musical instruments, archive images and precious manuscripts …

This cultural event launched by the French Institute of Morocco resumes its rights to the delight of its fans… This year, the kickoff is given from the terrace and the roof of the IF in Rabat with Amine K, the initiator of the “Moroko Loko” collective.

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