The cultural life on the North Coast is titillating and exciting. Our Facebook followers have attended numerous events we have been recommending through our weekend event guides. But this time we would like to dedicate a whole article to the coming weekend’s event. Because the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival is one of the longest running and most important festivals in the country.
What is Dominican Republic Jazz Festival?
We have briefly mentioned it in our previous post about the cultural life on the North Coast but now let’s look deeper into its history. The Dominican Republic Jazz festival started twenty years ago. Each year at the end of October, it holds a series of free jazz concerts around the country to promote music and culture. The jazz festival has enjoyed the support of many famous international artists and local sponsors, including the Ministry of Tourism. Traditionally, the festival would start at the Centro de Leon in Santiago and would continue to the North Coast towns. But starting from the last year, the celebration venues include new locations such as Cap Cana.
The success of the festival has inspired the committee to establish a non-profit foundation in 2015 that provides free music education for the Dominican youth. The FEDUJAZZ foundation choose Cabarete as its headquarters location. It currently offers free educational programs to 150 local students. Most of them are 7-18 year old and come from poor families. So the FEDUJAZZ music theory and practical lessons with various instruments are aimed at enhancing their overall education and life opportunities.
Besides, one of the Dream City community projects, Noche de Cine Gratis had the honor to collaborate with the foundation too. It was a truly gratifying experience to project films for these talented students. Who knows, maybe some of them will become world famous jazz artists tomorrow.
What is the program this year?
This year the jazz festival looks to emphasize the role of jazz singers in peace and freedom promotion. That’s why the 2018 year edition has the “Voices for Peace & Humanity” theme. As usual, some Grammy Award-winning singers, such as Luciana Souza, Omara Portuondo, Edmar Castaneda and others, are confirmed for the shows. You can find the full program of the jazz festival on the official website.
But we would like to highlight the concert that will take place on the Alicia Beach in Sosua. From our point of view, it’s especially interesting because it will unit 2 different forms of art. It will be a fusion of a fashion design show and a jazz concert. Mothers and children will model designs by Sissy Bermudez. Whereas the music by Grupo Bonyé and Tutti Druyan featuring Edmar Colón will accompany them.
Although as always the Jazz Festival shows will be free and open to the public, there are VIP tickets and priority seating available for purchase. All money raised from VIP ticket sales goes to the FeduJazz foundation. Besides, free music workshops and master classes for local children and FEDUJAZZ students will be held this year Casa Marina Amphitheater, Sosua, Sosua Art House, Fedujazz, Caberete and Cabarete Beach.