Egypt joined on Tuesday the world’s celebration of the 8th International Jazz Day organised by the UNESCO to honour the popular music genre.
Egypt will celebrate the event by holding a concert for the Baghdadi Big Band led by Maestro Magdy Baghdadi at Cairo Opera House. The Jazz Day is witnessed by 190 countries across the world, with the biggest celebration occurring in Australia, under the direction of UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock.
According to the UNESCO, the event is being celebrated by various prominent Jazz artists in different countries.
Australia’s biggest Jazz celebration will witness performances by an international roster of artists from more than a dozen countries, including Iranian Cieavash Arian, Australian William Barton, American Dee Dee Bridgewater, German Till Brönner, Chinese A Bu, and others.
Since 2011, the International Jazz Day celebration aims to combine countries and societies from across the world every 30 April in order to “highlight Jazz important role in encouraging dialogue, combating discrimination, and promoting human dignity,” according to a press release published by the UNESCO.
The Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz is UNESCO’s official partner in the organisation and promotion of International Jazz Day.
The world-wide celebration includes thousands of jazz-themes cultural activities, in which the genre fans are to be combined at one global platform. The activities include screenings of jazz-themed films, lectures, book readings, theatre performances, and panel discussions.
The UNESCO stated that the majority of International Jazz Day partner activities will focus on education and community impact, benefitting millions of students, academics, professional musicians, and music lovers everywhere.