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Dominican Republic gets ready to host 20th annual Jazz Festival in November

The Dominican Republic is getting ready to host the 20th anniversary edition of the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival next month. The huge music event will take place across various venues throughout the Caribbean country, and this year's event will be headlined by the four-time Grammy Award winner Esperanza Spalding from Oregon in the United States.

Dominican Republic gets ready to host 20th annual Jazz Festival in November

The Dominican Republic Jazz festival will take place next month, marking the 20th anniversary of the event. This year, the huge Caribbean music festival will be headline by Esperanza Spalding, a four-time Grammy Award winner.

The free event has become one of the region’s largest music events over the last 20 years, and this year, it will be opened in the historic capital Santo Domingo for the first time on 8th November, 2016. The festival will run until 12th November and will visit Santiago on Wednesday 9th November, Puerto Plata on Thursday, 10th November, and will conclude with two nights of music on the beach at Cabarete on Friday 11th and Saturday, 12th November.

As well as music from Esperanza Spalding, who is an American composer singer, bassist, the line-up will include international talent such as saxophonist Lihi Haruvi from Israel, the Tia Fuller Quartet from Boston, the Patricia Zarate Quintet from Chile, Pat Pereyra and her band from the Dominican Republic, and the Berklee Global Jazz Institute from Boston with famous guests. Previous guests include Ignacio Berroa, Joe Lovano, Chuck Mangione, Ray Baretto, and Nestor Torres.

There will be a number of daytime workshops carried out by the festival’s artists for local Dominican children. Children can learn how to read music or play instruments through the workshops that have been organised in affiliation with the non-profit Fedujazz organisation. Fedujazz also runs a music programme in Cabarete for 200 local students.

Organised by the Dominican Ministry of Tourism, the annual jazz festival attracts more than 10,000 people between musicians, local residents and holidaymakers, and entry is free to all. There are some VIP packages available that include priority seating, complimentary drinks and additional perks. Proceeds will go to the Fedujazz foundation.

The Dominican Republic is one of the Caribbean’s favourite tourist destinations, and the country is rich in history, culture and tropical landscapes. In the first six months of 2016, the nation has recorded three million visitors, which is a 6.5 increase compared to the same period last year.

Punta Cana International Airport (PUJ) is the country’s busiest airport with more than 1,773,500 passengers recorded at the facility between January and June, 2016. Cruise passengers are also on the up, with 236,079 cruise arrivals in the first six months of this year.

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