International Jazz Fest Vietiane
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 UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay and legendary jazz pianist and composer Herbie Hancock, who serves as a UNESCO Ambassador for Intercultural Dialogue and Chairman of the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz.
The Institute is the lead nonprofit organization charged with planning, promoting and producing this annual celebration. In 2018, people in more than 190 countries organized thousands of events on April 30th, yearly. International Jazz Fest Vientiane is a two-day jazz event in Vientiane, Lao PDR, now running for its 5th edition with local and international artists.