The programme will include markets, workshops, clinics and a concert featuring international jazz musicians. The events will also focus on the historical links between slavery and jazz.
“Jazz is an intangible part of African history,” said executive director Brenda Sisane. “This is how we sell South African music, identity and uniqueness to the world.”
The festivities are expected to bring at least 10,000 jazz lovers to Cape Town, with another billion people participating in related events around the world. The Castle of Good Hope has been named as a possible venue.
“This is the people’s music and they can enjoy it in many different ways and locations and styles,” said Sisane.
This year’s celebrations for International Jazz Day will be held in Sydney, Australia.