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World celebration of International Jazz Day in Havana opens with Educational Activities Programme
21 April 2017/ UNESCO Havana/Portal of Culture of Latin America and the Caribbean

The world celebration in Havana of International Jazz Day (IJD) will open on Monday, 24 April, with its Educational Programme, giving way to a whirlwind of activities at different venues throughout the Cuban capital, which will also become the capital of this unique musical style until 30 April.

Emblematic city spaces will host a wide range of activities, figuring both prominent and rising figures of this genre from Cuba and the world, such as legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue, and Cuban jazz musicians of world renown such as Chucho Valdés and Bobby Carcassés, together with award-winning figures such as Quincy Jones and Marcus Miller, among other top-level artists.

Centres of higher learning such as the University of the Arts, the Enrique José Varona University of Pedagogical Sciences, the Amadeo Roldán Conservatory of Music and the National School of Art will open their classrooms to facilitate fruitful exchanges between students from Cuba and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, and to serve as the venue for workshops, artistic performances and the screening of audiovisual materials, among others.

Videos on the history of jazz will be broadcast on Cuba’s Educational Channel, simultaneously followed by film debates in 11,000 centres of learning throughout the country.

In turn, cultural facilities such as Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, Teatro Nacional de Cuba, Teatro Mella, Fábrica de Arte Cubano and Anfiteatro de Guanabacoa, as well as Havana’s traditional jazz venues, such as La Zorra y el Cuervo and Jazz Café, will welcome guest artists from Cuba and around the world who will be presenting a widely varied week-long programme.

UNESCO will unveil a plaque at the Plaza de la Revolución House of Culture to honour the place where in 1980 the today internationally famous Plaza Jazz Festival was born. This significant and symbolic ceremony will also serve to bring IJD activities closer to the community.

The programme also includes the Street of Jazz, which in this case will be found along La Rampa, a centrally located street in Havana, with events hosted at the Pabellón Cuba, venue of the Hermanos Saíz Association.

Given its rich cultural and musical vitality, Havana was selected as the World Host City for International Jazz Day 2017, held every year on 30 April in collaboration with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. Its purpose is to highlight the power of jazz in favour of liberty and creativity, promote intercultural dialogue through respect and understanding, and the union of peoples from all the corners of the planet. UNESCO and the United Nations both recognize the date of this celebration on their official calendars.

Events in all the world will culminate with the All-Star Global Concert at the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, under the auspices of UNESCO, the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, the Ministry of Culture of Cuba, the Cuban Institute of Music and the Cuban National Commission for UNESCO. During the concert an extraordinary group of artists, from Cuba and the world, will pay tribute to jazz as an international artistic expression.

Link to the Programme of Educational Activities

Message from Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, on the occasion of International Jazz Day, 30 April 2017 ESPAÑOL ENGLISH FRANÇAIS

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