Datuk Nik A. Azmi, Founder of the World Youth Festivals Management
Datuk Nik A. Azmi, Founder of the World Youth Festivals Management aspires to bring the International Jazz Day to Malaysia, next year. The World Youth Jazz Festival (WYJF) organizer voiced out his hopes for Malaysia to be the country of honor to host the annual musical celebration by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) during a recent interview.
The festival organizer also shared his plans to spearhead a full scale program that will cover the whole nation, including Sabah and Sarawak for the festival next year. A series of programs are scheduled from 30th April to 13th May including a Borneo Jazz Festival in East Malaysia with the aim to reach jazz lovers in that area too.
Since its first instalment in 2012, the annual World Youth Jazz Festival is known of flying in reknowned jazz figures from all over the world such as Patrick Terbrack, Natalia Mateo, Margie Segers, Heidi Mak, and O Sister!. The organizer admitted to making little to no profit through the festivals as it is open to the public for free all "...to promote jazz because of my love and passion for it." The jazz lover with over five years of organizing jazz festivals is confident that the event will contribute to promoting Malaysia's tourism activities by being an attraction for tourists to visit the nation.
UNESCO had officially designated April 30 as International Jazz Day in November 2011, and an annual celebration is held at a Global Host country every year since 2013. Previously, the International Jazz Day was hosted in Istanbul, Osaka, Paris and the United States of America.