World Music Day is an annual music celebration that takes place on 21 June, coinciding with the mid-year solstice. It was introduced in Paris in 1982 by Jack Lang, then Minister of Culture of France, and Maurice Fleuret. Now it is celebrated each year in 120 countries around the world.

The work we do at the British Council has many connections to the world of music. As well as the cultural opportunities created through our Arts programmes, music and song can help learners develop their knowledge of the English language in so many ways. Teachers use music in education because when young learners are having fun, they are more relaxed; and when students are relaxed, they feel more confident and more likely to be receptive to their lessons.