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Director-General Irina Bokova and Artist for Peace Marcus Miller launch Jazz Day 2015

Ms. Bokova and renowned jazz musician Marcus Miller have launched the fourth edition of International Jazz Day, which will be celebrated on 30 April in more than 185 countries.

In a video message recorded following Marcus Miller’s performance at the Olympia Concert Hall in Paris on 13 April, the Director-General expressed confidence that celebrations around the world will mark “a great day for jazz, for music, for cultural understanding, and a great day for human rights and human dignity”. 

Recalling that UNESCO celebrates its 70th anniversary this year, Mr Miller stressed that “jazz promotes many of UNESCO's core values such as mutual understanding, intercultural dialogue, unity and peace.” 

Marcus Miller was designated UNESCO Artist for Peace on 4 July 2013 in recognition of his commitment to raise international awareness about the ability of jazz to serve as a tool for peace, dialogue and cooperation between people. 

Paris is this year’s Global Host City for the Day, which is presented each year in partnership with the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, to encourage intercultural dialogue and understanding through jazz. 

On 30 April a daylong series of jazz education programmes, performances, and community outreach will take place across the French capital with more than 70 workshops, master classes, jam sessions, roundtable and panel discussions, lectures, mini-concerts, film screenings and more. 

Check the International Jazz Day website for information about events in your country.