International Jazz Day Date in the current year: April 30, 2016

International Jazz Day International Jazz Day is an annual celebration, which was proclaimed by UNESCO in November 2011. UNESCO organizes it in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, a non-profit music educational organization based in Washington, D.C.

Jazz music originated in the United States as a result of a synthesis of African American and European American cultures and musical heritage. Over the years, it has spread throughout the world and has been influenced by other musical styles.

According to Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova, jazz is much more that a style of music. It is a lifestyle that can serve as an educational tool and a tool for intercultural dialogue, bringing together people from different backgrounds and cultures. It creates opportunities for mutual understanding, reduces tensions, encourages freedom of expression and artistic innovation.

International Jazz Day celebrations include but are not limited to jazz concerts, photo exhibitions, seminars, films screenings, festivals, education programs, media campaigns. Every year, the official host city is chosen, but celebratory events are held throughout the world in every community, which is willing to participate.

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