Belize International Jazz Festival

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The first ever Belize International Jazz Festival (BIJF) is being planned for the this summer by the Institute of Creative Arts (NICH) and was launched at the Bliss Centre on Friday April 17th, 2015. This Jazz festival is an important initiative that promotes heritage preservation of the multi-cultural nation, through wholesome ecological and educational tourism. This process hopes to collaborate with local culture makers, small and large business enterprises, and globally renowned artists committed to social, cultural and economic well-being.

Throughout the Caribbean, major countries have identified music as a draw to develop their cultural tourism sector. Belize has identified the Belize International Jazz Festival to be its own festival to encourage citizens, visiting tourists and music enthusiasts to appreciate the use of outdoor venues, heritage sites, local cuisine and experience a rich culturally flavored nightlife.

This Festival will contribute to local distinctiveness and boost the local economy by building on or creating Cultural Tourism. This year our focus will be to create and promote awareness of Jazz in Belize and provide a learning environment for our youth. This ten day festivity will be held from June 5th – 14th, 2015 and we have invited major local and international jazz artists to take part in and celebrate this true cultural experience with us. BIJF will encompass a free grand opening and closing, with smaller shows/gigs in between at smaller venues as well as workshops, master classes and a forum.

Thus far 165 Jazz Fusion Artists, 12 engineers, 9 international and 11 local bands have signed up for what prmises to be a megaevent of the year.



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