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28.04.2017 - ODG

Director-General in Cuba to celebrate International Jazz Day

Director-General Irina Bokova, and UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue, Herbie Hancock, will join an extraordinary array of artists from around the world in Cuba for the sixth annual International Jazz Day. An All-Star Global Concert will be offered at the Gran Teatro de La Habana Alicia Alonso, under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of Cuba, the Cuban Institute of Music and the Cuban National Commission for UNESCO. The musically vibrant and culturally rich city of Havana, Cuba, has been selected to serve as the 2017 Global Host City, presented each year on April 30th, in close collaboration with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz.

The 2017 celebration in Havana of the International Jazz Day coincides with the seventieth anniversary of Cuba’s accession to UNESCO and the foundation of the National Commission for UNESCO.

As part of International Jazz Day celebrations, the Director-General will also attend a concert featuring young Cuban musicians, and participate in the presentation of the movie “Jazz and Film” alongside Herbie Hancock and Quincy Jones.

While in Cuba, from 28 April to 1 May 2017, the Director-General is expected to meet with the Minister of Sciences, Technology and Environment, Ms Elba Rosa Pérez Montoya, the Minister of TICs and Communications Mr Maimir Mesa Ramos and the Minister of Culture, Mr Abel Prieto Jiménez. She will also meet Mr Eusebio Leal Spengler, Historian of Old Havana and its historical centre, inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in 1982.

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