Dominica will be celebrating International Jazz Day at the end of next month.
The Discover Dominica Authority announced on Wednesday that the event, established in November 2011 by UNESCO will highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe.
On April 30, International Jazz Day will bring together 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.
UNESCO believes jazz promotes 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.
International Jazz Day is the culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month, which draws public attention to jazz and its extraordinary heritage throughout April.
In December 2012, the United Nations General Assembly formally welcomed the decision by the UNESCO General Conference to proclaim April 30 as International Jazz Day.
The United Nations and UNESCO now both recognize International Jazz Day on their official calendars.
This year Cape Town, South Africa has been designated the global host city for International Jazz Day 2020, with an extensive program of education and community outreach activities planned.
The Discover Dominica Authority through the Dominica Festivals Committee is working with local stakeholders to put on an event for International Jazz Day on April 30.
For more information, visit https://jazzday.com/