01.04.2016 - UNESCO Office in Tashkent

International Jazz Festival in Uzbekistan 2016

©UNESCO,International Jazz Festival Poster

In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated 30 April as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. In December 2012, the United Nations General Assembly formally welcomed the decision by the UNESCO General Conference to proclaim 30 April as International Jazz Day.

Since, this international art form is recognized for promoting peace, dialogue among cultures, diversity, and respect for human rights and human dignity; eradicating discrimination; promoting freedom of expression; fostering gender equality; and reinforcing the role of youth in enacting social change. According to Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO, “Jazz makes the most of the world's diversity, effortlessly crossing borders and bringing people together. From its roots in slavery, this music has raised a passionate voice against all forms of oppression. It speaks a language of freedom that is meaningful to all cultures.”

Every year on 30 April, UNESCO and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, the lead non-profit organization charged with planning, promoting and producing this annual celebration, invite communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding; and reinforce international cooperation and communication.

As International Jazz Day celebrates its 5th anniversary, Washington, D.C., has been named the International Jazz Day 2016 Global Host City. Washington, D.C., the birthplace of the great jazz pianist and bandleader Duke Ellington, is the city that has enjoyed a thriving jazz scene for the past century. On 30 April 2016, Washington, D.C., will join with towns, cities and villages in over 190 countries on all 7 continents to observe International Jazz Day through thousands of performances and programmes.

Uzbekistan will join the international community to celebrate jazz with its second edition of the International Jazz Festival in Uzbekistan that will be held in April 2016 under the auspices of the UNESCO Office in Tashkent and the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Uzbekistan. Organized by the State Conservatory of Uzbekistan, the State Jazz Orchestra of Uzbekistan named after B. Zakirov, and the Ilkhom Theatre/Ilkhom Theatre Jazz Club, the Festival will feature a number of foreign guests thanks to the generous support of the Embassies of the Czech Republic, France, Indonesia, Latvia, Switzerland, Turkey, and the USA in the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Jazz Booklet (pdf)

Programme IJF 2016ENG (docs)

Programme IJF 2016 RUS (doc)

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