Three years ago, when I moved to Lancaster from Paris, there was a part of me that was ever so slightly concerned that it would be challenging to find enough opportunities to engage with a diverse programme of creative activities and continue developing my professional practice in the sector.
Three years on, I have come to realise how wrong I was! The Lancaster district is full of creative people, there is always something going on and you can walk in to pretty much any pub, any time, any day and be able to enjoy some great music.
Since moving to Lancaster, I have enjoyed working with some amazing people and organisations that have also supported my own activities and enabled the small team behind LEAP and myself to experiment and grow.
Lancaster Jazz Festival was one of the first organisations to get in touch when we started hatching plans as to how our activities might fit into the broader picture of Arts activity in the area and this is one of the reasons why I didn’t think twice about applying for the position of Festival Promoter and Coordinator that I now proudly hold!
My role is about supporting the festival team in getting the word out about the fantastic programme of events planned for 2013, to ensure that the festival goers’ experience is the best it could possibly be and that jazz lovers and newbies alike feel like they’re part of something rather wonderful!
In addition to this, I will be working closely with Nick, LJF’s chairman in planning and coordinating this year’s symposium (which you’ll find out all about at the programme launch on First Friday!).
It would seem there is scope for my role to become an exciting summer adventure which will culminate with seven whole days of world-class music and events in September, one of which I even get to programme at the beautiful Priory Hall! (More on that soon too… the one thing I can tell you is that it will be lots and lots of fun!)
I look forward to maybe meeting you during the festival and to getting stuck in with this lovely new job!
Leo Burtin has joined the festival just this week at the end of June 2013 as Festival Promoter and Coordinator. The position is supported by The Lancaster University Arts and Social Sciences Enterprise Centre