International Jazz Day

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Flashmob of Cologne jazz musicians to celebrate the first International Jazz Day in 2012

International Jazz Day is a yearly event on 30 April, organized by UNESCO to celebrate “the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people.”[1]

The Day was proclaimed during the UNESCO General Conference in November 2011. The first annual International Jazz Day was kicked off in Paris by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock.

UNESCO partners with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.


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