Jazz Day 2014, Brussels

International Jazz Day 2014

When we arrived to Brussels on the 29th of April we had no idea what we would do while here aside from visit some museums, eat and drink some local produce and walk around the city (our general approach to any city). Sitting at the computer we soon discovered that April 30 was the 3rd UNESCO International Jazz Day and that there would be some free events in Brussels to celebrate.

UNESCO states on their website “This day is destined to raise awareness in the international community regarding jazz’s virtues as an educational tool, as a vehicle for peace, unity, dialogue, and for enhanced cooperation between peoples”. It also features a message from Irena Bokova, Director General UNESCO, “The history of jazz tells of the power of music to bring together artists from different cultures and backgrounds, as a driver of integration and mutual respect.”

Markt Square, Brussels, Belgium

We saw a group of musicians perform in the Grand Place at the heart of Brussels then in a park in the suburbs called Place Saint-Job. To get to the second performance we ended up hitching a ride with three of the musicians, which highlights a little of Jazz’s generosity of spirit. Both groups of musicians provided some wonderful jazz for the sunny afternoon. I’ve included a video below of a few of the performances. I hope you enjoy.


Other articles in Belgium:

Brussels, Belgium Part 1

Brussels, Belgium Part 2

Brussels, Belgium Part 3



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