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BC International Jazz Festival 2023

July 1, 2023 @ 12:00 am - 11:59 pm UTC+0


The BC International Jazz Festival (BCIJF) is a festival series that promises to become Kenya’s most influential jazz experience. Jazz has been part of the Kenyan fabric since the 1960s. In the 2010s, it rose to prominence as a direct result of Bob Collymore’s interest in the genre through the immensely popular Safaricom International Jazz Festival. Today, jazz has evolved the Kenyan music soul.

Bob strongly believed in the power of music as a tool to unite people from different backgrounds. He thought music could act as a catalyst to democratise the arts and erase socioeconomic barriers. This is why the BCIJF is keen to carry on his legacy – to build bridges and make live music accessible to more people. Each jazz festival is more than a one-off event. It is a continuous quest to broaden the unifying influence of music for Kenyan society.

Our plans for a grand concert to be held in February 2024 include hosting international artistes from the USA, Belgium, Germany, our neighbours here in Africa and more. We will also offer cross-cultural exchange through Master Classes. Every series year, the Festival will select a deserving project which will receive part proceeds from the ticket sales. Our beneficiary for 2023/2024, is Ghetto Classics.


Ghetto Classics is the flagship programme of the Art of Music Foundation. The programme is the result of its Founder, Elizabeth Njoroge’s vision for classical music’s ability to change the lives of children in some of the poorest communities in Nairobi. Started in 2007, the community programme involves over 500 children in Korogocho – where about 300,000 urban, low income households exist.

The program also works with over 1000 more children in nine satellite areas around Nairobi, one in Kiambu and four in Mombasa. Through such partnerships, the Festival will continue to uplift and empower communities across Kenya.

Tickets for the July 1st 2023 inaugural BC International Jazz Festival can be found here:


July 1, 2023
12:00 am - 11:59 pm UTC+0
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