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Jazz Connective

Jazz Connective is a collaborative project between seven European partners created to sustainably strengthen the jazz scene on a European scale. This project is supported by the European Union within the framework of Creative Europe - Cooperation Project and will take place in several stages, in several European cities.

7 “Focus” events will take place in 7 European cities:

  • Druga Godba (Ljubljana, Slovenia) is a major festival in Central Europe. Their concept - finding and presenting lesser-known music, from jazz to world music, through innovative artistic performances - is unique in this part of the world. May 2019
  • Vaapat äänet (Helsinki, Finland) - Free Voices and Sounds in Finnish - is an agency weaving links between broadcasters in the simmering hotbed of jazz and innovative music in France, Finland and the Nordic and Baltic countries. October 2019
  • Improvised Music Company (Dublin, Ireland) is an organisation operating in jazz and related musical forms. Their festival “12 points” invites young European artists to perform in Dublin and partner cities, alternatively each year. December 2019
  • Performances Birmingham (Birmingham, United Kingdom) manages the Town Hall and the Symphony Hall. Jazz takes a important place in the concerts they host, along with an arts education program. March 2020
  • The New Vortex Jazz Club (London, United Kingdom) is one of the most emblematic jazz clubs in Europe since its creation 27 years ago. This venue is an important platform for jazz, improvised and experimental music in Europe. March 2020
  • Wytwórnia Foundation (Łódź, Poland) The Wytwórnia Foundation is the organizer of the annual Summer Jazz Academy festival and the educational program for professional artists Intl Jazz Platform. In recent years, Summer Jazz Academy has presented figures from the Polish and international jazz scene. July 2019
  • Le Périscope (Lyon, France) gathers and collaborates with innovative music artists and leads a reflection on music - improvised, amplified and contemporary - from jazz, to participate in its production, promotion and dissemination.  June 2020

Each partner city will host workshops, conferences, venue visits and a series of concerts. https://jazzconnective.eu/

I am thrilled that Town Hall Symphony Hall is hosting Jazz Connective, offering Birmingham an opportunity to share its rich and diverse jazz scene. Across the three days of the conference, delegates and guests will experience the breadth of this jazz scene in a city that boasts one of the youngest and most creative populations in Europe. The conference and concert programme will move across the several venues that we use in the city, alongside the world-renowned concert hall that is also home to the Jazzlines programme, Symphony Hall.

Symphony Hall’s foyers are undergoing a £13.2 million redevelopment to ensure the revered concert hall can stand proud alongside other architectural gems in the city. These include the futuristic Library of Birmingham, the gleaming Selfridges building and the redevelopment of Centenary Square.

Jazz Connective, The Birmingham Edition, hopes to build on the themes of the seven-city project - exploring common issues and playing host to the European Jazz Network Social Inclusion focus.

Supported by the European Union within the framework of Creative Europe, Town Hall Symphony Hall is proud to be building partnerships in jazz with our European peers and would like to extend a warm Brummie welcome to Birmingham. 

Mary Wakelam Sloan, Jazz Programme Manager

For more information on Jazz Connective, please visit: https://jazzconnective.eu/events/14/the-english-session-birmingham/

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