The first-ever World Concertina Day will be on February 6th, 2022, the 220th anniversary of the birth of Sir Charles Wheatstone, inventor of the English concertina. World Concertina Day is sponsored by the International Concertina Association, in celebration of the 70th anniversary of our founding in 1952. The ICA is the only worldwide organization of concertina players and enthusiasts. We hope to bring together concertina people all over the world that day to celebrate our wonderful musical instrument and to raise awareness of the concertina with the general public and media.
The ICA encourages everyone with an interest in the concertina to participate on February 6, 2022 or on that weekend by taking part in or organizing an event in your local area. Some ideas:
- Gatherings of concertina players
- Live public concert performances by concertina groups or individual performers
- Events such as “concertina flash mobs” that lend themselves to social media publicity and local media interest
- Live workshop events featuring concertinas
- Local or national radio/TV interviews by concertina people
- Display or demonstration of the concertina at your local museum, library or community centre
- Sharing a recording of yourself or telling your social media friends about your interest in the concertina
- Any events could be pre-recorded and posted online on the day
- ….or anything else you can think of!
If you would like to take part, have ideas, or would like to discuss any aspect of World Concertina Day, please contact us at WCD@concertina.org! If you notify us of an event, we will be happy to include it in a WCD event calendar that will be shared globally. We can also provide a World Concertina Day logo to use in your event publicity. However, please note that the ICA cannot provide funding for your event or accept any liability in connection with it.
We hope you can join us on February 6, 2022! We are also hoping to put on an online concert featuring leading players from around the world that will be available for viewing that day and afterwards. More details to come as the day gets closer!