UNESCO's International Jazz Day Set For April
By Stirling Strachan, BIS
Mar 11, 2015 - 12:07:56 AM
The Bahamas National Commission for UNESCO held a press conference March 5 at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture to announce plans for the 70th anniversary of UNESCO (2015). Pictured seated from left are Secretary-General UNESCO-Bahamas Dr. Leon Higgs; Ambassador H.E. Dr. Elwood Donaldson, and Robert Parua, officer-in-charge, UNESCO’s Kingston office. Committee members standing are from left S. Outten Alleyne, Pauline Adderley-Blenman, Athama Bowe, Deidre Bevans and Christian Justilien. (BIS Photo/Letisha Henderson)
NASSAU, The Bahamas – The year 2015
marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO),” said Dr. Leon Higgs,
Secretary-General of UNESCO-Bahamas, who spoke on behalf of Minister of
Education, Science and Technology the Hon. Jerome Fitzgerald during a press conference
to announce plans in observance of the anniversary.
UNESCO-Bahamas announced it will hold
its 2nd annual UNESCO International Jazz Day scheduled for Thursday,
April 30, in Pompey Square, downtown, Nassau. The opening session will be at 1:00
p.m. followed by continuous music from
2:00 to 10:00 p.m. A grand concert that
evening begins at
“This will mark UNESCO’s 4th
International Jazz Day,” said Dr. Higgs.
This year’s event promises to be quite
exciting, he added, as some of The Bahamas’ top musicians will be performing.
Some of the performers are Ambasah, Paul & Tanya, Caribah, Kim Welcome,
Brothers Love, Doc’s Melody Makers, Vice-Versa Duo and the Band Quartzz. The
event is being promoted as a family event therefore all are welcomed. Admission
Dr. Higgs said, once again, this year, a
prominent Bahamian Jazz musician will be honoured at the opening ceremony. In
order to cultivate an understanding of Jazz music in our young people, some of
the musicians who will perform
April 30 have also agreed to visit high schools
and talk to students in the music departments about the history of Jazz in The
Wednesday, April 29, some of the high
schools will be presenting a concert from
4:00 to 6:00 p.m. at a venue to be announced.
Presented each year since 2012, on April
30, in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, International
Jazz Day encourages and highlights intercultural dialogue and understanding
through jazz, uniting people in all corners of the globe. The celebration is
recognized on the official calendars of both UNESCO and the United Nations.
“Jazz embodies the spirit of UNESCO,”
said its Director-General, Irina Bokova. “It brings people together and builds
peace, tolerance and understanding. It has been the soundtrack for positive
change, from the fight against racism to the struggle for democracy,” said Dr.
The designation of International Jazz
Day is intended to bring together communities, schools and other groups the
world over to celebrate and learn more about the art of jazz, its roots and its
impact. Ultimately, it seeks to foster intercultural dialogue and raise public
awareness about the role of jazz music in promoting the universal values of
UNESCO’s mandate. As a language of freedom across the board, jazz promotes
social inclusion -- enhancing understanding, tolerance and nurturing
“Jazz is a universal language of peace
and the aim of this day is to connect people across the globe with this
language, observing and celebrating intercultural dialogue and understanding.” For
more information about UNESCO’s International Jazz Day, visit www.jazzday.com or www.unesco.org/jazzday.
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