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Central Africa celebrated International Jazz Day 2021!

UNESCO’s Central Africa Field Offices celebrated the culture of peace and African heritage during the 10th edition of International Jazz Day on 30 April.

Angola, Cameroon, Chad, Congo, Gabon and the Democratic Republic of Congo organized a series of cultural and artistic events as part of International Jazz Day's celebrations on 30 April.

The first key event of the day was an online roundtable dedicated to the role of jazz in the culture of peace and the rumba as intangible cultural heritage. The roundtable was opened by Mr. Salah Khaled, Director of UNESCO’s Regional Office for Central Africa, and moderated by Ms. Elisabeth-Laure Njipwo, PI Expert from UNESCO's Yaoundé Office. It brought together several ministers and cultural and political representatives from the continent, including H.E. Ambassador Gilberto da Piedade Veríssimo, President of the Commission of the Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), H.E. Mr. Dieudonné Moyongo, Minister of Culture and Arts of Congo, H.E. Ms. Maria da Piedade de Jesus, Angolan Secretary of State for Culture, Mr. Adrien Djiembi, representative of the Gabonese Ministry of Culture, H.E. Mr. Henri Ossebi, Ambassador Delegate General of Congo to UNESCO, as well as music experts and the Congolese rumba legend Mr. Sam Mangwana.

Jazz lifts us into a dimension that allows man to hear what he cannot yet see.
H.E. Ambassador Gilberto da Piedade Veríssimo, President of the Comission of the ECCAS

The round table was also an opportunity to officially present the second edition of the Biennale of Luanda "Pan-African Forum for the Culture of Peace" which will take place in early October 2021 in Luanda, Angola. During 5 days Luanda will bring together the main actors of the Pan-African Movement for a Culture of Peace and Non-violence, with the objective of strengthening this global mouvement through the creation of multi-stakeholder partnerships.

We will try to make an international event in which Luanda will be the nerve center, with a very active participation of the youth.
Mr. Vincenzo Fazzino, International Coordinator of the Biennale

The festivities continued with several exceptional concerts organized by UNESCO and broadcast live from the capitals of the various participating countries. Many artists from the continent and the diasporas performed to celebrate jazz music and its messages of peace and resilience (Orchestre du Boukarou, Bantous de la Capitale , Esperança Mirakiza, Felipe Mukenga, Ricardo Lemvo, Mick Trovoada, Yamandu Costa and many others).

International Jazz Day's celebrations in Angola hosted the creation of "ResiliArt Angola"!

In Angola, the ResiliArt movement - a global movement launched by UNESCO during the global pandemic to raise public awareness on the issue of artists's precarity - has culminated with the creation of “ResiliArt Angola – empowerment and promotion of young artists”. This project is willing to support young artists, aged from 18 to 35 who are most affected by the crisis. 

Find out more about the celebrations of International Jazz Day in Angola (website only available in Portuguese), whose capital will host the second Biennale of Luanda in October!