A group of Australian musicians joined in a worldwide celebration of music at a free concert in Bondi Junction this week.
The Fête de la Musique – now celebrated internationally as World Music Day – originated in France in 1982 and is celebrated every June 21 by music lovers in more than 120 countries around the world.
The day aims to bring people and communities together through music and to showcase musical talent in local communities.
One of the performers, Mick Souter, also known as Mick the Poet, travelled from Tamworth to perform at the event.
Mr Souter performs and writes poetry in his country town and believes performance can “blend and curve emotions and people’s appreciation of what it means”.
“Events like this bring people together,” he told The Newsroom. “I think days like this are very important as it gives a performer recognition, which makes them feel good about what they’re doing and that’s good for anyone in any situation.”
Clare Salon, a member of a ukulele band, performed with her group Silverbeat at World Music Day as well as other small gigs around Bondi.
“I think events like this really brighten up everybody’s day,” she told The Newsroom. “A bit of music goes a long way in the world. If we all played music instead of shooting guns, it would be a better place.”
Members of the Bondi community gathered around to listen to the performances.
Desire Richards, singer/songwriter and Bondi local, believes the event is a “great way to promote the musicians”.
“It’s great sitting here, listening to some lovely music, to get outdoors, and an opportunity to maybe get up and sing a bit later with my friends,” she said. – Story and photo by Vivien Wickham
Photo shows ukulele band Silverbeat performing in Bondi Junction.