Bournemouth Jazz Festival 2016 – Press Launch announcement – Gerry Clarke
Following the success of our first Bournemouth Jazz Festival 2015, we are now planning a bigger and better festival this year which will put the whole town on the music map of the UK.
We have assembled a professional team to manage and co-ordinate the Festival, a team with many years experience in planning and organising live music events, in artistic, cultural and educational development, working with creative talent, financial management and in marketing, publicity and public relations.
We have Paul Kelly, Artistic Director, Alex Wills our Schools Director, Peter Bailey, our Finance Director, Gordon Lewis our fellowship Director, Mike Wheeler our Webmaster and Stefan Krause, Coastal BID Manager and our PR lady, Jane Adkins. There is also Rosie Barrett, a student who is helping us on secondment from BU and Alexander Praag a student from AUB.
Our vision is to “enhance Bournemouth’s cultural profile and increase its tourism appeal over the next five years through the establishment of an internationally recognised jazz festival and through this contribute to the town’s future economic growth and cultural development”
We are doing this by creating and running an annual festival which brings top quality jazz musicians to Bournemouth and provides a range of attractive entertainment opportunities and a significant financial return for shops, hotels, bars, restaurants and local businesses.
We have invited a number of well known jazz professionals to perform with our local musicians over the weekend 22nd to 24th April.
On Friday night, the festival will open with ticketed concerts featuring well known local jazz groups at the Royal Bath Hotel and Canvas, a popular local music club.
Throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday there will be live performances at various locations, including free events on stage in an innovative new jazz village on the town square which is being created with help from Suzy Wheeler and supported by Stanley Reeves from S&D Leisure. The village will incorporate a variety of food and beverage stalls as well as kiosks promoting AFC Bournemouth and local charities.
In addition we are arranging concerts here in The Miramar Hotel and The Cottonwood Hotel and there’s a fantastic headline concert in the Royal Bath Hotel on Saturday night.
We are also launching a truly unique World Jazz Jamboree event in the Norfolk Royale Hotel. Through this we aim to differentiate ourselves from other UK jazz festivals and develop a special relationship with jazz musicians from around the world, promoting music from five continents and attracting visitors from Europe and beyond.
Over the weekend, we will also be organising a variety of themed jazz events in shops, clubs, bars, restaurants and arcades across the town, from Boscombe and Southbourne to Westbourne.
On Sunday, The Pavilion Ballroom will be the venue for a series of jazz workshops and jazz music competition for local schools followed by an Awards Ceremony and Concert in the evening. We are inviting local Rotary Clubs to help us organise the event.
We are delighted to announce that we have recently received a grant from the Arts Council England, as well as funding from the Bournemouth Town Centre BID and the Coastal BID team.
Coastal BID has helped us develop a new logo, brand identity and marketing strategy to increase public awareness. The existing website has been upgraded and promotional materials such as banners, posters, flyers and leaflets are being produced to advertise our event.
The local Mags4Dorset group have been appointed media partners and will be producing a 32 page programme which will be offered free of charge to festival goers. Please support this publication through advertising so we can show the world what Bournemouth has to offer.
Meanwhile, we are continuing to seek local business partners to help sponsor the festival. We are having productive conversations with one or two potential sponsors. We have some really interesting sponsorship opportunities and if anyone here feels inspired to put their name to or sponsor a particular concert, we’d love to talk to you about how we can work with you on that.
Given the success of our initial Bournemouth Jazz Festival, we are confident the Bournemouth Jazz Festival will have a positive impact on the town, enhancing the quality of life for its residents and visitors over the next five years.
We look forward to your support for the Bournemouth Jazz Festival in 2016.
We have a fantastic festival in the making this year.
Go and tell all your friends, your families, your employees and your business associates.