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The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival: Sunshine, Sand and Jazz

Posted by Amanda Petty on October 10, 2018
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The Dominican Republic Jazz FestivalImage courtesy of Rodes

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Two decades of North Coast Jazz!

As the end of the year draws closer, Cabarete will again play host this fall to one of the region’s most highly anticipated annual events: The Dominican Republic Jazz Festival. Marking it’s 22nd year, the festival boasts over two decades of history, bringing people together from across the globe to celebrate jazz with a string of free concerts along the North Coast.

Whilst always supporting Dominican artists, the festival has also attracted a wide range of international musicians over the years. This includes Grammy-winning Chuck Mangione, Esperanza Spalding and David Sanchez. A quick look at this year’s line-up reveals the same high quality we’ve come to expect from the event, and what’s more, it’s all for a great cause!

FEDUJAZZ – a very worthy cause.

Partnering with the Dominican Republic Jazz Festival just two years ago, FEDUJAZZ is a non-profit foundation that’s primary aim is to improve the lives of disadvantaged Dominican youth. It does this by exposing them to musical education programs and workshops throughout the North Coast.

With studies showing the positive effects of musical education on learning aptitude, team work and willingness to stay in school, FEDUJAZZ brings vital work to a region in need of educational improvement. In Cabarete alone, the foundation provides regular free workshops to 150 children, not to mention those given during the festival.

VIP tickets are available at this year, with all proceeds going to FEDUJAZZ, and offer priority seating to ticketholders.

Dominican Republic Jazz Festival 2018 – what you need to know.

This year’s event will hit Cabarete Beach on the weekend of November 3-4, after having made its way along the coast. The beach will welcome some big names, including Omara Portuondo, Berklee Global Jazz Institute and Grammy Award winner Luciana Souza. During the festival, attendees can enjoy any number of local beachfront bars and restaurants.

The closest airport is International Airport Gregario Luperón in Puerto Plata, just a 25-minute taxi ride from the center of Cabarete.

The beauty of this region cannot be appreciated in just one weekend, so why not plan a longer stay? For any and all vacation rental needs, feel free to get in touch via our contact page.

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