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International Jazz Day, 30 April

KARACHI: In November 2011 the UNESCO General Conference proclaimed 30 April as “International Jazz Day”.

A Call for Global Peace and Unity

The flagship Jazz Day event, a spectacular All-Star Global Concert, emphasizes the importance of jazz as a means of achieving unity and peace through dialogue and diplomacy.

It features performances by some of the world’s most accomplished jazz artists. The 2022 Global Concert returns to the UN General Assembly Hall in New York in a nod to the inaugural International Jazz Day Sunset Concert in 2012, symbolizing jazz’s continued important role as a force for dialogue and diplomacy.

International Jazz Day has had extraordinary successes over the past decade, becoming the world’s largest annual celebration of jazz. It is a global movement, engaging people annually, on every continent, through education programs, performances, community outreach and media coverage.

Music of improvisation and collective creation

International Jazz Day raises awareness in the international community of the virtues of jazz as a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people, as well as an educational tool.

Many governments, civil society organizations, educational institutions, and private citizens currently engaged in the promotion of jazz music embrace the opportunity to foster greater appreciation, not only for the music, but also for the contribution it can make to building more inclusive societies.

Why Jazz?

§ Jazz breaks down barriers and creates opportunities for mutual understanding and tolerance;

§ Jazz is a vector of freedom of expression;

§ Jazz is a symbol of unity and peace;

§ Jazz reduces tensions between individuals, groups, and communities;

§ Jazz fosters gender equality;

§ Jazz reinforces the role youth play for social change;

§ Jazz encourages artistic innovation, improvisation, new forms of expression, and inclusion of traditional music forms into new ones;

§ Jazz stimulates intercultural dialogue and empowers young people from marginalized societies.

This International Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about the art of jazz, its roots, its future and its impact.

This important international art form is celebrated for promoting 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 for social change.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.

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