International Jazz Day

30/04
Apr 26 2016
In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) officially declared April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role in uniting people around the globe. As a true cosmopolitan jazz city, Brussels grabs this unique opportunity with both hands to shine the spotlight not only on jazz but also on all artists who actively contribute to this music genre.
Each year, on April 30, this international art form is recognised 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 in enacting social change.

As a true cosmopolitan jazz city, Brussels grabs this unique opportunity with both hands to shine the spotlight not only on jazz but also on all artists who actively contribute to this music genre. 

In the evening, various clubs and venues in our capital city will host many live jazz performances.
Earlier on, in the afternoon, a jazz parade will cheer up the streets in downtown Brussels. 

Le Brussels Vocal Project - Emily Allison, Anu Junnonen, Anja Kowalski, Barbara Wiernik, François Vaiana - kicks off with a series of compositions by mainly Belgian composers, but also some traditional standards that zoom in on this year’s theme: diversity and love.

Afterwards, it will be up to Fanfakids led by jazz drummer Nico Chkifi to sweep us off our feet in a whirlwind of rhythms and unbridled joy. 

Also Mâäk with band leader Laurent Blondiau will hit the streets, remarkably backed by Remork & Karkaba. These enthusiastic musicians know better than anyone how to make the hearts of passersby beat faster straightaway on many street corners in the city. They easily win over young and old, from near and far, by treating them to some sturdy brass band riffs, generously flung around on the trance of Moroccan gnaoua percussion and dance. Brace yourself for this unique, decidedly off-the-wall brass band!

 

When: Saturday 30th of April from 2 pm till 6 pm

Location: pedestrian area of Brussels/Boulevard Anspachlaan

Start: record shop The Collector, Rue de la Bourse 26)