International Jazz Day was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly and the UNESCO General Conference in 2012 to promote music, culture and in particular, jazz music, as a tool to inspire peaceful cooperation and partnership amongst communities around the globe. International Jazz Day is chaired and led by Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director-General and legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, who is a UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador and Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. The Institute is a non-profit organization charged with planning, promoting and producing this annual celebration.
Jazz is a musical art form embraced all over the world. For more than a century, jazz has helped uplift the souls of millions of people. Jazz Day brings people together to foster peace, dialogue and unity. Since 2012, Jazz Day has reached more than 2.8 billion people with events and activities.
Partner institutions celebrate independently in ways big and small – such as organizing listening workshops in libraries, a discussion on the history of jazz, visiting the website and showing what jazz music is about, creating a musical performance, or watching the web stream of the All Star Global Concert which will be hosted this year at the White House on April 30 (International Jazz Day).
Dominica, through the Division of Culture, has been invited to join the 2016 celebrations. The Division of Culture has invited DDA to support the Jazz Day activities as a lead up to Dominica’s Jazz ‘n Creole Festival.
International Jazz Day is Saturday April 30, 2016 and the hash tag to promote is #jazzday
The calendar of activities for Dominica’s International Jazz Day Celebrations will be posted shortly.