29.04.2014 - Africa Department

Launch of the 3rd International Jazz Day in Brazzaville

This 3rd International Jazz day will be the occasion to discover the history of this musical genre throughout an exhibition presented by the Biso Na Biso association, and to enjoy an evening of Congolese jazz with the participation of the Congo Ndule Jazz association that includes the best jazz bands of Brazzaville and the Panafrican Music Festival/FESPAM.

Organized by UNESCO, the United-States’ Embassy of Congo, and the Institut Français du Congo and with the participation of UNESCO Office in Brazzaville, the event will be the occasion to discuss the history and the meaning of this music as well as its role as a peacekeeping, unity and dialogue force.  UNESCO thus aims to highlight the educational virtues of jazz.

Under the patronage of the Administrator Mayor of Brazzaville, the 3rd International jazz Day  will be celebrated under the label of "Brazzaville, city of music".

Since 2011, UNESCO celebrates the 30th of April as the Jazz International Day.

“One of the greatest cultural expressions of the 20th century, jazz is already capturing the spirit of the 21st. In times of change and uncertainty, we need the power of jazz more than ever before to bring people together and to strengthen respect for shared values” Message from Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO.

The ceremony will take place Saturday, April 26th from 18h at the Institut Français du Congo, in the espace André Malraux, Republic Square, Brazzaville.

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