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jazzahead! | 08.11.2019
jazzahead!: European Cultural Brand of the Year 2019
jazzahead!’s innovative combination of an annual trade fair with a culture festival makes it unique in the world. On Thursday, 7 November 2019, it received the award as European Kulturmarke (cultural ...
Award citation calls trade fair/festival “the must-go event for the jazz sector”
jazzahead!’s innovative combination of an annual trade fair with a culture festival makes it unique in the world. On Thursday, 7 November 2019, it received the award as European Kulturmarke (cultural brand) of the Year 2019 at the award ceremony at the Zollverein in Essen. The European Kulturmarke is one of the highest-profile cultural awards in Europe.
“We were already very pleased just to be shortlisted for the 14th European Kulturmarken Award, ” commented Messe Bremen’s Managing Director and the founder of jazzahead!, Hans Peter Schneider. “But actually to receive the award constitutes a massive validation of our work.” Sybille Kornitschky who manages jazzahead! says: “This award is a remarkable tribute to jazzahead!, which 15 years ago took the bold decision to make jazz the central focus of a music fair for the first time, and since then has developed into a leading global cultural brand. ”Messe Bremen is now hoping to keep building jazzahead!’s profile further within the European cultural sphere, and also to put in place more international cooperations and partnerships.
Alongside jazzahead!, the State Palaces and Gardens of Baden-Württemberg and the bauhaus 100 anniversary programme also had been nominated for the award. The Bremen event, among other things, impressed the jury with its “innovative strength and willingness to take risks”, according to the award citation. “That’s why people say ,Jazz we can‘, remarked Rolf Rische, head of the Culture/Living section of broadcaster Deutsche Welle DW, in his speech at the event. jazzahead!, he said, is “the must-go event for the jazz industry” and once a year turns Bremen into “the jazz metropolis of the world. ”
The 42 members of the jury from the culture, business and media worlds praised jazzahead! for the way it has managed and developed its cultural profile through consistent and sustainable brand management. Since 2006, the event has gathered together the international jazz scene in Bremen every year for four days in April. Initially it established itself as a trade fair and industry gathering for the national and international jazz scene, including 40 showcase concerts. A festival with a partner country programme and CLUBNIGHT were then added in 2011. The brand has also built a solid foundation and recognition in its region, its latest offspring being “jazzahead! feat. ”, which involves promoting concerts throughout the year.
2020 will mark jazzahead!’s 15th anniversary, with the culture festival marking its tenth birthday. In recognition of this double anniversary, the event focuses for the first time on a partner country from overseas: Canada. The fair will take place from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 April, and the festival will begin on Friday, 17 April.
The Kulturmarken Award was launched in 2006 by the Berlin-based cultural brands and sponsorship company Causales. For this year’s edition, the specialist jury received a total of 105 applications from Germany, France, the Netherlands, Croatia, Lithuania, Austria, the Czech Republic and Switzerland. Awards were made in a total of eight different categories.
More information: www.jazzahead.de/en
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jazzahead! | 29.10.2019
Global stars from Canada to perform at jazzahead! 2020
In April 2020 Bremen’s jazzahead! trade fair will be 15 years old – and the annual festival which happens alongside it will have its tenth edition. This double anniversary is a cause ...
Gala with Rufus Wainwright; festival opening features Laila Biali and Tanya Tagaq
In April 2020 Bremen’s jazzahead! trade fair will be 15 years old – and the annual festival which happens alongside it will have its tenth edition. This double anniversary is a cause for celebration: two Canadian singers, both with major international profiles, Laila Biali and Tanya Tagaq will give the opening concert of the culture festival on Friday, 17 April, at the Theater am Goetheplatz. Canadian artist Rufus Wainwright will perform at the jazzahead! gala concert at Bremen’s concert hall Die Glocke on Friday, 24 April.
Laila Biali, an award-winning singer/songwriter and pianist, will be performing in Bremen. As recently as this spring she received a Juno Award for her latest album ‟Laila Biali”. The Junos are the Canadian equivalent of the US Grammys. The Washington Times has described the singer/pianist’s musical cosmos as “masterfully mix[ing] jazz and pop, bringing virtuosity and unpredictability to songs that are concise and catchy.”
In the second part of the concert evening, the singer will be Tanya Tagaq. She is one of the most important representatives of the Inuit, an original people of Canada, and is also one of Canada’s most original and celebrated artists. “She has practically rediscovered the long-lost throat-singing of the Inuit, and has developed her completely independent form of it, with wide-ranging influences from pop music, traditional singing, rap and beatboxing,” says Peter Schulze, one of the artistic directors of jazzahead! “She is a performer of tremendous urgency and intensity and always sings with full physical commitment.” Tanya Tagaq toured the world with Björk in 2001 and received the Polaris Music Prize for her album “Animism” in 2014.
jazzahead!’s gala concert has singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright as its star. Rufus Wainwright is highly esteemed and acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, and will be celebrating the German premiere of his new album, being released worldwide in 2020. Wainwright has released numerous pop albums, set sonnets by William Shakespeare to music for a play by playwright Robert Wilson, and has also completed two operas. The award-winning musician also contributed music to various blockbuster movies such as “Brokeback Mountain” and “Shrek”. Elton John once described Wainwright as “the greatest songwriter on the planet.”
Since 2006, jazzahead! has gathered the international jazz scene together annually at Messe Bremen for the trade fair and festival, and since 2011 has put a particular focus each year on a new partner country. Next year, the trade fair will take place from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 April. The Festival begins earlier, on Friday 17 April. In this year of anniversaries, Canada will become the first jazzahead! partner country from beyond the borders of Europe.
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jazzahead! | 15.05.2019
Canada will be the focus of jazzahead! 2020
The organizers of jazzahead!, the world‘s largest jazz trade fair, announce today that they are breaking new ground in the choice of next year’s partner country. The focus ...
Trade fair with double anniversary – first ever partner country from outside Europe
The organizers of jazzahead!, the world‘s largest jazz trade fair, announce today that they are breaking new ground in the choice of next year’s partner country. The focus will be on Canada, which becomes the first partner country from outside Europe.
„jazzahead! will be celebrating two anniversaries next year,“ says Sybille Kornitschky, jazzahead! project manager at Messe Bremen. „That’s why we are determined to offer something very special, and at the same time further expand our function as a valued intermediary for the creation and maintaining of business contacts between Germany, Europe and the rest of the world.“
„jazzahead! has always had a strong European focus,“ comments Hans Peter Schneider, Managing Director of Messe Bremen. „But with more and more participants coming from countries outside Europe, we introduced the Overseas Night ten years ago. And it is logical that we should now be choosing a non-European partner country for the first time.“ The Artistic Directors of jazzahead!, Ulrich Beckerhoff and Peter Schulze remark: „For jazzahead! it is very obvious for us to want to choose Canada for this new departure. There is a very strong, impressive and self-confident jazz scene there. Canadian jazz is a unique and diverse expression of different influences.“
„The Canada Council for the Arts is thrilled that jazzahead! will feature Canada as the country of focus during the Frankfurt 2020 Guest of Honour year“, says Simon Brault, Director and CEO. „Canada has a long-history of excellence in jazz – and its contemporary musicians are taking the language of jazz to new heights. jazzahead! attendees should prepare to be inspired by Canada’s jazz talent.“
Since 2006, jazzahead! has been gathering the global jazz scene together at Messe Bremen. In 2019 there were 3,408 registered trade participants, a new record. In 2020 jazzahead! will be 15 years old, and for the tenth time the event will be accompanied by a festival focused on the culture of the partner country. The dates for jazzahead! 2020 will be 23 to 26 April.
More information: www.jazzahead.de
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