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Imagine a more inclusive and more Afro future

27/01/2021
For the second year in a row, UNESCO and the government of Costa Rica celebrated on January 24th, 2021 the World Day for African and Afro-descendant Culture

Forest Whitaker, Marcus Miller and Jane Constance participated to the World Day for African and Afro-descendant Culture 2021.

The online festival "Dale Más Afro" has set it itself to be the starting point of a regional movement to fight against racism, recognize and celebrate the contributions of people of African descent, too often erased from history.

This event, organized in collaboration with artists, authorities and activists of African and Afro origin from all over the world, reflected the richness and diversity of African and Afro-descendant culture through various types of artistic expression (photography, songs, dances etc.).
 
On this occasion, UNESCO’s Artists for Peace Jane Constance and Marcus Miller, as well as UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassador Forest Whitaker expressed their deep support and delivered powerful messages.
Through her song "Mo Sega", Jane Constance allowed us to discover the Sega rhythm coming from the Mascarenes including her island, Mauritius. Marcus Miller celebrated the influence of African and afro-descendant culture in a wide range of music styles, including the one that has inhabited him since childhood: Jazz. Forest Whitaker invited us to celebrate the heritage of the African continent and the boundless creativity of its people in the face of adversity. For the actor, "Embracing cultural diversity and the bond that unites us is the path to peace."
 
Through this event, UNESCO and the government of Costa Rica wish to respond to one of the International Decade for People of African Descent (2015-2024) objectives: to promote a greater knowledge of and respect for the diverse heritage, culture and contribution of people of African descent to the development of societies
With the participation of the Vice President of Costa Rica, Epsy Campbell, the Director of UNESCO Office in San José, Esther Kuisch Laroche and the Director-General of UNESCO, Audrey Azoulay.