In October of 2017, UNESCO announced that Sydney, Australia would serve as the Global Host City for International Jazz Day 2019. As one of the first cities in the world to greet April 30, Sydney will officially kick off the worldwide celebration of International Jazz Day, initiating more than 24 hours of nonstop concerts, recitals, art and photo exhibitions, book and poetry presentations, jam sessions, community service initiatives, lectures and other education programs in more than 190 countries.
The centerpiece of the 2019 festivities, the All-Star Global Concert, will be presented at the Sydney Opera House, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. At the same time, the streets of the city will come alive through a series of performances, workshops and other activities.
Renowned multi-instrumentalist, bandleader and educator James Morrison will serve as Co-Artistic Director of International Jazz Day 2019, along with UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Herbie Hancock.
A full schedule of programming in Sydney and across Australia will be announced in early 2019. In the meantime, consider following International Jazz Day on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for more information as plans for the global celebration develop.