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International Jazz Day Global Concert Postponed Over Coronavirus


March. 25, 2020

The International Jazz Day, including its All-Star Global Concert, sets to take place for April 30 is the latest music event postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. 
The ninth annual worldwide celebration was slated to take place in Cape Town and other cities across South Africa during the last week of April.
However, partners and organizers of International Jazz Day are still contemplating on celebrating the occasion on April 30. Thereby issuing a call for artists and fans around the world to self-create video messages that will be featured in a free live stream worldwide as part of virtual programming that’s currently being planned.
Further details about the live stream and additional programming that day, which will include a forum with acclaimed artists and webcasts of exclusive content, will be announced in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, organizers in 195 countries around the world who had registered events for International Jazz Day 2020 are being asked to participate virtually.
Herbie Hancock—UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and co-chair of International Jazz Day, said in a press release, “These are unprecedented times for world citizens and we are most grateful for the support, understanding, and partnership of our Jazz Day community. Armed with optimism, patience, and grace, we’ll work through these challenges as families, communities, countries and as a stronger united world.
''Now more than ever before, let’s band together and spread the ethics of Jazz Day’s global movement around the planet and use this as a golden opportunity for humankind to reconnect especially in the midst of all this isolation and uncertainty.”
The release also notes that many partners of International Jazz Day have already rescheduled their programs for a later date that will depend on the abatement of the pandemic. When these postponed events do take place, they will be acknowledged as official celebrations of International Jazz Day.
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