U.S. Consulate, MUSON set to host Int’l Dance and Jazz Days

Posted: April 17, 2014 in art/entertainment

naijazz tmac and bright gainThe Public Affairs Section of the United States Consulate in Lagos, in collaboration with the MUSON Centre, has announced plans mark the 2014 International Dance and Jazz Days with performances and a workshop aimed at increasing jazz and dance appreciation in Nigeria.

The programme, powered by Inspiro Production, will take place at the AGIP recital Hall of the MUSON Centre on April 30.

International Jazz Day proclaimed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is observed yearly around the world on April 30 to celebrate the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity and dialogue among people.

The International Dance day, April 29, 2014 is also known as World Dance Day and celebrated through promotions by the International Dance Council. The day was introduced in 1982 by the International Dance Committee of the UNESCO International Theatre Institute.

The annually observed World Dance Day is to create an understanding of the importance of dance among the general public. Its goal is also to persuade governments all over the world to provide a proper place for dance in all systems of education.

US Consul General Jeffrey Hawkins will open the event with a brief background on jazz in the U.S. and some influential jazz musicians in American history. He will also speak on youth and music development as tools for cultural diplomacy and international understanding.

The event will also feature workshops and performances by the 2013 OneBeat Program Alumnus Biodun Kuti, Dr. SheyiKehinde a lecturer at the Department of Creative Arts, University of Lagos, Sarah Boulos Executive Director of Society of Performing Arts in Nigeria (SPAN), students from the SPAN Academy of Jazz and students of the MUSON Center Music School.

Biodun Kuti will speak about his OneBeat experience and play music from his OneBeat program, featuring collaborations with other international musicians and artists on the U.S. Program.

The programme will end with a jam session by musicians, music students and dancers.

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