28.04.2013 - UNESCO Office in Dakar

The President of UNESCO's General Conference to celebrate International Jazz Day in Senegal

The President of UNESCO's General Conference and Permanent Delegate of Hungary to UNESCO, Mrs Katalin Bogyay, will be on an official visit to Senegal from 28 April to 2 May 2013. She will participate in the celebration of International Jazz Day, which is being celebrated this year for the first time in the country.

International Jazz Day was proclaimed by UNESCO's General Conference under Mrs Bogyay's presidency in November 2011. 

Programme on 29 April 

The celebrations of International Jazz Day will be launched on 29 April at 8 PM, at the Just For You Club in Dakar, during a gala dinner held by the Ministry of Culture in honour of Mrs Bogyay. 

Two eminent Senegalese artists Mr Doudou Ndiaye Rose, and Mr Samba Diabaré Samb will perform during the dinner. They have both been recognized by UNESCO as ‘Living Human Treasures’.

The Association Teranga Jazz Festival will seize the occasion to collect funds with the aim of establishing, from 2014 onwards, a jazz festival around International Jazz Day on 30 April.  

Programme on 30 April 

On the 30 April, International Jazz Day, Mrs Bogyay will participate in the celebration activities at the Maison de la Culture Douta Seck in Dakar:

At 10 am, she will attend the opening of the Centre for Black Music together with the Minister of Culture.

At 4 pm, a Round Table on ‘African Sources of Jazz and its influence on African Music’ is organized. It will be followed by a press conference at 5.30 pm.

The day will end with a jazz concert open to all and starting at 6.30 PM.

This day is celebrated in honor of the late Adama Faye, who is considered the father of modern Senegalese music.

Meetings with the Senegalese authorities

Mrs Bogyay will meet with the Senegalese authorities including the Minister of Education, Mr Serigne Mbaye Thiam, the Minister of Communication, Telecommunications and Digital Economy, Mr Cheikh Mamadou Abiboulaye Dièye and the Minister of Culture, Abdoul Aziz Mbaye.

In addition, she will meet the Coordinator of the United Nations Operational Systems and Resident Representative of UNDP, Mrs Bintou Djibo.

During her stay, Mrs Bogyay will also visit the PAJEF project, a young girls and women’s literacy project, implemented by UNESCO in partnership with the multinational Procter&Gamble. The aim of the project is to bring literacy to 40,000 women and young girls in seven regions of Senegal by combining classic teaching methods with an Information and Communication Technology (ICT) based method.

Finally, Mrs Bogyay will pay a visit to Saint Louis, a town well-known for its Jazz Festival, and Gorée, an island of undeniable importance to humanity’s collective memory and heritage.

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