The Liberia National Culture Union, in collaboration with the French Embassy in Liberia will on June 21 this year, join other Countries around the World in celebrating the 29th edition of the International day of Music.
This year’s celebrations, the first in the history of Liberian Musicians, will be held under the theme, “Women in Music.”
It is expected that the celebrations will be formally launched on June 19 at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium or ATS, following a parade through the principle streets of Monrovia.
As part of activities earmarked in observance of the day, the Liberia National Culture Union will on June 20th present a special statement to the President of the Republic of Liberia, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf in the Auditorium of the University of Liberia on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.
To climax the celebrations, a formal ceremony will take place at the Paynesville Town Hall in Paynesville on June 21st.The ceremony will be characterized by cultural and musical performances, including the live appearances of circular and gospel musical artists during this 29th celebration of the International Music day.
The program, organized by Alliance Francaise, a French Language Training Institute in Liberia, in partnership with the Liberia National Cultural Union, with official sponsorship from the French Embassy near Monrovia.
Already, Total petroleum has expressed support for the celebrations to the tone of US$800.00, as well as 200 gallons of fuel. Although the program planning committee budgeted US$26,202.00 for the occasion, Total’s contribution will also help plan the three day celebrations.
The International day of Music was set aside by the United Nation in 1975, when lord Yehudi Minihem, French national, was President of the World Music Council.
The day owes its present momentum to Fete de la Musique, which began since June 21, 1982 in Paris, France, gaining worldwide recognition for celebration in 100 Countries around the World.
The day is also in observance of the critical role artists of diverse cultural backgrounds have played in building world peace and unity among various Nations of peoples.
Off course, Liberia is no exception, owing to the selfless contributions its artists continue to make to the country’s peace, unity and reconciliation process, manifested in their songs.