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The International Festival celebrates UNESCO's mission to preserve humanity's essence through art, uniting influential leaders and diverse artistic performances in Houston. This event highlights the city's cultural richness, jazz music's resonance, and UNESCO's principles of cultural preservation. Aligned with UNESCO's Slave Route Project, themed 'Assume the past, understand the present, build the future together,' the celebration resonates through jazz—a universal language symbolizing freedom, born from the depths of history, including the struggle for liberty and dignity. Notable guests include UNESCO representatives, Grammy-winning icon Marcus Miller, UN Assistant Secretary-General Judy Cheng-Hopkins, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Mayor Sylvester Turner, and more, making this a vibrant convergence of cultures, music, and advocacy for global understanding.





Special Guests include: The Honorable Eliot Minchenberg, Director of Office/UNESCO Representative to the United Nations Headquarters, UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassador and Artist of Peace, Multiple GRAMMY award winning icon Marcus Miller, The Honorable Judy Cheng-Hopkins, United Nations Assistant Secretary-General, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, Consul General Hirofumi Murabayashi of Japan, Mayor Sylvester Turner, City of Houston, Zion Escobar, Executive Director of Freedmen’s Town Conservancy, Herbie Hancock Institute/HSPVA Jazz Ensemble, and more.   

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