Preliminary plans for Jazz by the Sea Festival 2018 announced
“to enhance the region’s cultural profile, increasing its tourism appeal through the establishment of an internationally recognised jazz festival that encourages local musical talent and at the same time contributes to the economic and cultural development of the area.”
With support from Arts Council England and local Business Improvement District teams, we are extending the size and scope of the festival this year to cover a fortnight from 24th June to 7th July.
A number of well known jazz artists have been invited to perform with local musicians and will be playing in a series of live concerts and events across Bournemouth and Poole. There will be performances in shopping centres and arcades, in retail outlets, restaurants, hotels, bars, clubs and pubs as well as in a number of public spaces.
The festival will open on Sunday 24th June with a Gala concert at Lighthouse Centre for the Arts in Poole featuring a line up of top UK jazz musicians and a swing band celebrating A Century of Jazz. Also on the opening day, a live jazz event with local bands and singers at the Metropole Street Market on Holdenhurst Road in Bournemouth and a Trad Jazz Cruise on the Dorset Queen around Poole Harbour.
Throughout the festival fortnight there will be jazz events at a variety of venues.
On 29th June, the popular Jazz FM Blues & Boogie night at Lighthouse will feature music from New Orleans and there are plans for a lunchtime jazz concert in St Peter’s Church in Bournemouth. On 30th June, a family picnic day of Jazz by the Sea in collaboration with The Livability Organisation will include a number of bands, singers and musicians together with a novel ‘Play Jazz’ experience for young children. On 4th July, a film night featuring a classic Jazz film in partnership with the Purbeck Film Festival and on 6th July an evening introducing Jazztronica or New Jazz music at the Lighthouse. To round off the festival on 7th July, the highly successful World Jazz Jamboree returns and will showcase jazz music from around the world.
Other planned events include a Jazz Tea Dance in a local community centre in association with the BSO, an innovative School of Jazz project in partnership with Soundstorm to encourage young jazz musicians and an Art, Photography and interactive Sculpture exhibition with a world of jazz theme.
Given the success of the festival over the past four years, we are delighted that the Jazz by the Sea Festival continues to grow and develop, creating a positive impact, enhancing the quality of life for local residents, encouraging more visitors to the area and stimulating economic growth in our local business sector
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