Johannesburg, 23 November – SPIN Foundation is delighted that Cape Town is the International Jazz Day Global Host City for 2020 and is honoured to work with UNESCO and the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz, as well as iconic jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock who is the UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue.
Chairperson of SPIN Foundation, Motsumi Makhene says: “With this being the first International Jazz Day in history to be celebrated on the African continent, it marks a unique opportunity to highlight South Africa’s strong commitment to cultural diplomacy and showcase our country’s high level of creativity and programming diversity.”
“Cape Town’s world-class reputation for hosting leading arts, design, conferencing, cultural and jazz events certainly contributed to the city’s appeal – in addition, this celebration is about more than jazz music – but the story of slavery and struggle against apartheid – a story which has a strong educational and historic narrative on which SPIN Foundation based its bid application,” states Motsumi Makhene.
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