French composer Maurice Fleuret was obsessed with music during his life and had an undying desire to create a new understanding of contemporary music in the public.

Under the socialist regime, Fleuret became the French Director of Music and Dance in 1981.

In the years to follow, Fleuret and Jack Lang, the Minister of Culture, collaborated to create World Music Day, or Fete de la Musique. The celebration initially began under the philosophy that 'music is everywhere' and gave artists an opportunity to express themselves in the streets.

The movement spread and is now celebrated in over 700 cities in 120 countries.

D.C. celebrated World Music Day for the first time on June 21st, 2016. This year, 68 artists and 17 venues across the city are participating. Check out all the 2017 listings here.