If hitting the high note with Frank Sinatra is your cup of tea, then you must have desired to spectate the International jazz day festival. In 2020, the festival under the brunt of the ongoing pandemic has shifted base to the virtual arena with hoards of artists and webinars.
International Jazz Day—including its All-Star Global Concert on April 30— is adapting to the changes in regards 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. Keeping in mind the ardor of fans from all over the world, the organizers have decided not to postpone the festival but to modify it a bit.
Art transcends all barriers and has been a potent source of our sustenance in the quarantine year. Honoring that, organizers and sponsors have invited fans and indie artists to upload videos. The interactive experience aims to enrich the audience by involving them in the main event. The organizers have called supporters 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.
Herbie Hancock—UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and co-chair of International Jazz Day—stated 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.”
Besides the Hancock Institute of Jazz, support for 2020 International Jazz Day also involves the following parties: South African Department of Sports, Arts and Culture; South African Tourism; the South African National Commission for UNESCO; the City of Cape Town, the SPIN Foundation; local partners and community leaders in South Africa; and the worldwide International Jazz Day community.
The 195 countries who were supposed to participate in this larger than life festival, have registered for virtual performances. Details regarding the shows and the respective schedules are available in jazzday.com.