In November 2011, during the UNESCO General Conference, the international community proclaimed April 30 as "International Jazz Day". It’s the first major initiative led by recently appointed UNESCO goodwill ambassador Herbie Hancock.
The Day is intended to raise awareness in the international community of the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people.
On April 30, the Royal Conservatory/School of Arts Ghent and Flat Nine will take over the streets and nightlife of downtown Ghent. ‘TUNES a Jazz Night’, is their salute to jazz, the first UNESCO International Jazz Day. Downtown Ghent is the place to be: the unique combination of the many venues, clubs and pubs, festivals and the active and vivid jazz scene makes it the perfect location for this initiative.
Flat Nine and the Royal Conservatory/School of Arts Ghent are joining forces for this unique TUNES event. Weekly, Flat Nine, organizes jam sessions in downtown Ghent. Doing this, they create a platform for students, former students and teachers of the Royal Conservatory/School of Arts Ghent.
For this event, 3 routes were elaborated throughout downtown Ghent. But the audience has the opportunity, in the spirit of jazz, to improvise during their evening. The programme can be browsed at schoolofarts.be/tunes.
To learn more about TUNES, visit schoolofarts.be/tunes
To learn more about International Jazz Day, visit www.unesco.org