Very exciting times at Lancaster Jazz Festival (I realise I may be saying that too often but it really is). Although the festival is ‘ages’ away, this is one of the busiest times for us as we set the groundwork for 2013.
14th - 22nd September
2013 is going to be a really high quality festival. We’ve read all your feedback, discussed and taken it on board, and, running out of all of this, we’re focussed on producing an inspirational festival with beautiful venues, awesome artists, integrated educational outreach and excellent events year-round (look out soon for Lancaster Jazz Club).
It won’t necessarily be bigger however. Across the arts sector budgets are tight and that’s no different at Lancaster Jazz Festival, this makes it incredibly important for us to focus on what we do well. 2013 won’t be lacking in ambition though (it could well be the most ambitious so far, even in our very short history). I think we have a clearer idea than ever about what we want to achieve and how the future will look. The festival team are more motivated than ever, we’ve learned so much from the risks we took last year and, most importantly, we’ve got a pretty good sense of how to get there.
An eight day festival with a focussed festival weekend - Friday 20th - Sunday 22nd September 2013.
(Early) New Year Resolutions
Once we’ve all got over our new year hangovers watch this space for more content from the Lancaster Jazz Festival Team. We’re going to be updating this blog and our twitter (@LancasterJazz) regularly with news, thoughts, happenings and things we want your opinions on. Please feel free to get in touch with us using the comments below, on facebook or twitter, or using the contact us page on this website.
A note for artists - we will be launching a submission process for the festival in the new year - please join our mailing list or keep checking back to find out the moment it happens, but please don’t send anything yet (we love your enthusiasm but we get at least twenty a week at the moment and we simply don’t have the time to respond). The submission process will be quick and painless for everyone.
We’re also going to have some very exciting news about new ideas, new venues and new events all in the new year. We’ll keep you posted.
Matt Robinson - Festival Director
It's less than 4 months to Lancaster Jazz Festival 2012!
We're going to be announcing the full festival programme on the 1st July here on lancasterjazz.com as well as in print but we're letting members in on a sneak peak at a General Meeting on Wednesday 27th June, 7.30pm at The Gregson Centre, Moor Lane, Lancaster.
We'll be running through the festival programme for this year as well as everything we've been up to and hopefully getting your feedback
We want your ideas for things we can do (around the music programme) at this years festival to make it bigger and better
Bring your ideas and thoughts about the future of Lancaster Jazz Festival
We will be formally setting up as a charity with a brand new constitution in order to register as a charity and to ensure the long term stability of Lancaster Jazz Festival
And you'll get to meet our lovely board (below - not quite as scary in real life)
Membership of Lancaster Jazz Festival is just £10 at the moment (normally £20). Sign up at any Lancaster Jazz Festival event (this could include the meeting).
Oh and don't forget the amazing MORECAMBE JAZZ CLUB on the 20th June. 7.30pm at The Hothouse. Two amazing guitarists in the form of Dierdre Cartwright and Kathy Dyson with support for just £5.
Members buy 2 tickets and get 1 FREE!
See you there!
The whole (and lovely) festival team!
Lancaster Jazz Festival is looking for three trutees to fill the vacant positions on the board.
We’re heading effectively into our second year and are looking to establish ourselves as a premier contemporary jazz festival in the UK with great artists from around the country (as well as locally), great original artistic works and great community links. We’re looking for additional trustees who are committed and passionate people who want to see an exciting and original annual jazz festival in Lancaster.
If you're interested then download the application pack and send the completed form to us by the 20th January.
In the new year we're going to be putting out a call for artist submissions for the 2012 festival as well as launching Friends of Lancaster Jazz. This is where you'll be able to have a real say about what we do and what we promote as well as receiving news about the festival before anyone else and receiving some benefits as a thank you for your interest.
We look forward to hearing from you and we hope you have a fantastic new year.
See you in 2012!
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