The 3rd Delhi International Jazz Festival, organised by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) features 10 bands from 10 countries and 4 bands from India this year and kicked off Friday, 15 March. The festival will be held at Nehru Park, New Delhi from 15-18 March, 2013 and is the largest ever jazz festival, with performances across four days.The first 3 Day International Jazz Festival was conceived by ICCR as a gift to Delhi on its Centenary. The Festival is a ‘tool of cultural contact’ spanning Asia, Africa, North America and Europe, the festival weaves together the message of music and culture. The festival is held within the lush green environs of Nehru Park with mesmerizing music playing under the stars, to delighted audiences. As part of the inclusive nature of the festival, entry is free. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ ‘Every major city such as Montreal, London, Stockholm and Edinburgh has a world class Jazz Festival that is not just named after the city but almost defines its cultural ethos. With a truly International Jazz Festival Delhi has been included in this list to make it a truly world class city,’ said Dr. Suresh K Goel, Director General ICCR.‘The Delhi International Jazz Festival has put Delhi on the Jazz map of the World and made it a veritable International cultural destination. It has become an annual feature and has now been firmly established as an iconic event in Delhi’s cultural calendar. The festival at Nehru Park would have well-known names such as New Bone Quintet Band from Poland, Sindi & Mimi from South Africa, Ararat from Israel, Sachal Vasandani from the USA, Imany from France, Malcom Braff Trio from Switzerland etc,’ added Goel. The festival always had support from France and has participation from USA for the first time will also include well-known Indian bands such as Louiz Banks, Dhruv Ghanekar, Toshanbar and Radha Thomas ensemble.