Completely different from a typical music festival, it brings together music of all persuasions and skill levels and is open to anyone who wants to participate. Make Music Nicosia fills within the walls Nicosia’s outdoor spaces and music venues with hundreds of live concerts and music activities, all free and open to the public.
From classical to folk, hip hip to opera, latin to punk, jazz to rock, electronic to experimental, live music of all kinds will resound – in partnership with businesses and cultural institutions – on streets, sidewalks, porches, plazas, parks, and gardens on the longest day of the calendar year. Our mission is ambitious, inclusive, adventurous and fun, and we will accomplish it by producing an annual citywide celebration with all of you.
Make Music Nicosia’s mission celebrates the musician in all of us, connects Cypriots to their communities and 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.
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.
It all started 37 years ago in France. Nicosia joined Make Music Day for the first time in 2019 and is one of the 1000 cities that are part of this worldwide music celebration, with each city creating an experience that is unique to their ecosystem. Make Music Day has spread throughout the world and has become an international phenomenon, taking place on the Summer Solstice, the longest day of each year.