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UNESCO Celebration

Saturday, May 28, 2022 

Discovery Green, Houston Texas

7:00pm CDT

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The International Festival of the United States of America’s national UNESCO Celebration will celebrate the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)’s endeavors to understand, preserve and convey the best of humanity; and will bring together prominent leaders and a number of artistic performances that will highlight and promote the diversity of Houston, the sounds of jazz music, and the basic ideas and principles of preservation through the eyes of cultural diversity, identified in UNESCO conventions. 


iFest USA’s national UNESCO Celebration of cultural diversity and jazz coincides with UNESCO’s Slave Route Project, concentration on the theme, “Assume the past, understand the present, build the future together.” Through jazz, millions of people have sung and still sing today their desire for freedom, tolerance and human dignity.” Music and jazz in particular, is an international language that represents freedom because of its origin – growing out of slavery. 


The national UNESCO Celebration will premiere on Saturday, May 28, 2022 at 7:00pm during The 2022 International Festival USA, held in Houston Texas, the single most ethically diverse region within the United States. This will be an all-day event with two hours dedicated to UNESCO for its outstanding work in preserving our world’s cultural heritage and for its role in internationalizing American Jazz to become a truly International art-form that belongs to all cultures.UNESCO’s Goodwill Ambassador and Artist of Peace, Multiple GRAMMY award winning icon Marcus Miller and the Herbie Hancock Institute of Jazz Ensemble will pay tribute to UNESCO. The iFest USA Global Medal of Honor will be received by The Honorable Eliot Minchenberg, Director of Office/UNESCO Representative to the United Nations Headquarters who will be in attendance.