World Youth Jazz Festival (WYJF) which will be held from 6th to 8th May 2016, at the Merdeka Square, Kuala Lumpur is set to feature 20 home-grown and international jazz artistes including Maya Karin, W.A.R.I.S., Janine Annice (United Kingdom), Dua Drum (Indonesia), O’ Sister! (Spain), Frederick Koster (Germany), and more.
WYJF kicked-off by celebrating the ‘International Jazz Day’ at ‘No Black Tie,’ Kuala Lumpur's premier jazz club on 30th April 2015, followed by a special ‘Labour Day Jazz Ampang’ event in Taman Dagang the next day. Moreover, artistes performing at the festival will also have their own feature shows at ‘No Black Tie’ from 4th to 10th May 2016. In addition, exclusive jam sessions will also be held with the artistes in various jazz clubs after the festival from 11th to 14th May 2016.
The 5th edition of WYJF this year will also coincide with the ‘#MalaysiaFeelingGood’ campaign. Launched in April, the campaign was created to cultivate positive values among Malaysians, through various peripheral programmes which focus on the interest of today's youth including ‘Coffee Day,’ ‘The Square KL,’ and ‘KL Auto Jamm.’
Datuk Nik A. Azmi, the Founder of World Youth Festival Management commented, “Since its first installment in 2012, WYJF is constantly pushing the boundaries of how we define jazz, and how it can be enjoyed by not only jazz lovers, but everyone. Hence, we are expecting the 3-day festival to draw about 45,000 visitors from all over the world this year.”
Themed ‘By The Youth, With The Youth, For The Youth, “BEYOUTHFUL”,’ WYJF is a free-admission event which took off jointly under the initiatives of the Malaysian Minister of Youth and Sports and Jazz Community Malaysia (JAZZCOMM) with the support from Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur.
World Youth Jazz Festival 2016 Performers