ABOUT RUNWAY JAZZ

Fashion and Music are a universal language that is understood by all as it transcends time, race, gender and geography. Runway Jazz is a harmonic fusion of these two worlds; an expression of art and culture, and a celebration of Jazz, Haute Couture.
With its core values deeply rooted in the positive principles of the International Jazz Day, Runway Jazz is a 2 day event designed to showcase our proudly Nigerian (and African) culture, music talents, and products to all around the world and will engage stakeholders from a broad spectrum of industries, including fashion designers and brands, food & beverage, entertainment, private and public sectors, and many more.
Headlining Runway Jazz this year is Grammy award nominee Najee, Grammy Award Winner Joss Stone both accompanied by rising Lagos Jazz band; Sweet Sound and a host of Naija’s finest entertainers.
The event is fused with an edgy runway showcasing world-class fashion designers and models and guests across Africa, Europe and America.

About International Jazz Day

In November 2011, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in order to highlight jazz and its diplomatic role of uniting people in all corners of the globe. International Jazz Day is chaired and led by Irina Bokova, UNESCO Director General, and legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, who

serves as a UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Chairman of the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz. The Institute is the lead nonprofit organisation charged with planning, promoting and producing this annual celebration.

International Jazz Day brings together communities, schools, artists, historians, academics, and jazz enthusiasts all over the world to celebrate and learn about jazz and its roots, future and impact; raise awareness of the need for intercultural dialogue and mutual understanding; and reinforce international cooperation and communication. Each year on April 30, this international art form is recognized for promoting peace, dialogue among cultures, diversity, and respect for human rights and human dignity; eradicating discrimination; promoting freedom of expression; fostering gender equality; and reinforcing the

role of youth in enacting social change.

International Jazz Day is the culmination of Jazz Appreciation Month, which draws public attention to jazz and its extraordinary heritage throughout April. In December 2012, the United Nations General Assembly formally welcomed the decision by the UNESCO General Conference to proclaim April 30 as International Jazz Day. The United Nations and UNESCO now both recognize International Jazz Day on their official calendars.

 

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