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  • jazzahead! | 21.01.2021

    jazzahead! digital 2021: Registration is now open

    And we’re on: jazzahead!, the world’s largest international jazz trade fair, was obliged to take a break in 2020 because of the Corona pandemic, but preparations for the 15th ...

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    Matchmaking: special "Overseas Relations" networking opportunity on the lead to the digital jazz trade fair

    And we’re on: jazzahead!, the world’s largest international jazz trade fair, was obliged to take a break in 2020 because of the Corona pandemic, but preparations for the 15th edition are now gathering pace. Under the slogan „Close together from afar“, the organisers are in the process of putting together the main elements of the trade fair which will take place in virtual form. The dates are Thursday 29 April to Sunday, 2 May 2021. „As we do this, we are assembling exciting content that is important and topical for the jazz scene. We’ll also be facilitating both one-on-one discussions and meetings in larger groups,“ says Sybille Kornitschky who runs jazzahead! for MESSE BREMEN. Exhibitors and trade participants can register for „jazzahead! digital 2021“ now by paying the registration fee at www.jazzahead.de. Pricing options, general information and conditions can be found on the website: https://jazzahead.de/en/tradefair/#optprices.

    Conferences and panels, networking, 32 showcasing bands: Full program available in early March

    What is already clear is that the program of the virtual edition will be very similar to what visitors are familiar with from the face-to-face events in Bremen. „Registered participants will be able to take part interactively in panel sessions online, discuss and network with new and old acquaintances in various settings, and also see performances and interviews featuring the 32 showcase bands,“ says Kornitschky. In order to take into account time zone differences, the short concerts and the industry specialist program will be offered both live-streamed and on-demand. As usual, the conference program consists of jazzahead! panels – this time especially focusing on promoters and music export – as well as sessions from the exhibitors. The complete program will be available from the beginning of March at www.jazzahead.de.

    Package deal for trade participants and exhibitors

    Via our online platform, all exhibitors and trade participants who have registered and paid the fee will have access to the digital trade fair – including the networking tool-kit, the 32 showcase concerts and all events in the conference program. In addition, they will be able to participate in the monthly Virtual Sessions featuring a succession of teams of experts on relevant topics. For the next session, experts and industry insiders will be discussing the implications of Brexit on Thursday, 28 January, at 3 pm (CET) under the title „What’s jazz got to do with it?“. Links are on jazzahead!’s social media channels and also at: https://bit.ly/2NlZSNM.

    And there’s more: registered participants will have exclusive access to the first special edition of a digital matchmaking session, „Overseas Relations“, the chance to network with industry contacts matching their own profile. This event, which is jointly organised by MESSE BREMEN and the Enterprise European Network (EEN), will take place in the run-up to the trade fair – from Wednesday 10 to Friday 12 March 2021. And there’s another way to put the remaining time before „jazzahead! digital 2021“ starts to good use: take a look at the new jazzahead! blog, which offers all kinds of fascinating and varied content.

    For more information on the various packages that can be booked, go to www.jazzahead.de.

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    Further information for editorial offices:

    MESSE BREMEN/M3B GmbH

    Canan Sevil, Phone +49 421 / 35 05 – 323

    E-Mail: sevil@messe-bremen.de; Internet: www.messe-bremen.de

     

     

     

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  • jazzahead! | 17.12.2020

    jazzahead!, the world’s largest international jazz trade fair, will take place again in 2021 – digitally

    Under the motto „Close together from afar“, the organisers announce that they intend to implement large parts of the 15th jazz trade fair virtually. The dates will be Thursday 29 April ...

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    Showcase Festival concerts will take place - Canada confirmed as partner country for 2022

    Under the motto „Close together from afar“, the organisers announce that they intend to implement large parts of the 15th jazz trade fair virtually. The dates will be Thursday 29 April to Sunday, 2 May 2021. These changes primarily affect the trade fair and the programme for industry participants. „Our goal is to facilitate and to foster exchange within the international jazz scene, so we will ensure that this can take place online under the best possible professional conditions, despite the pandemic,“ says Sybille Kornitschky who runs jazzahead! for MESSE BREMEN. „This includes digital networking opportunities as well as panels and workshops with exciting content that is topical and important for the international scene.“ In addition, exhibitors will be given the opportunity to offer their own digital sessions.

    Showcase festival concerts will take place in 2021 – partner country Canada participation postponed into 2022

    Kornitschky and her team have transferred the bands selected for the Showcases in 2020 into the programme for 2021. The partner country, Canada, on the other hand, has had to postpone its participation until 2022. „After careful consideration, we have decided jointly to move our cooperation forwards into the following year,“ says Kornitschky. One of the reasons for this was the Canadian government’s travel ban for its citizens to European countries. The withdrawal of the partner country for 2021 means that the opening of the festival in Theater Bremen, the Gala Concert at the Glocke concert hall, and the cultural programme involving Canada will also be cancelled. As a result, the selection of bands which would have made up the Canadian Night of jazzahead! will also be postponed to 2022. Nevertheless, jazz fans can look forward to a few surprises from Canada at 2021‘s digital jazzahead! edition. Also the CLUBNIGHT is being reconfigured, the new look will be announced soon.

    Showcase festival to be produced live in Bremen

    As far as it is possible, the Showcase concerts in April will be produced live in Bremen for digital streaming. And where this is not possible, jazzahead! will look for alternatives, in partnership and collaboration with the 32 bands from Germany, Europe and overseas. „We are planning to have maximum flexibility, and even leaving a window open for ‚analogue‘ events!“ Kornitschky explains: „If access for the public is allowed again in April, we will allow access to the concerts for audiences at short notice and we will be offering tickets.“ The livestreams will initially only be available to registered trade participants. For the general public, the showcase concerts will then be available online after a delay.

    Interested parties can register for the digital event from mid-January via the homepage www.jazzahead.de. Prices, terms and conditions are now also available on the website. In the interim before this, the jazzahead! team invites you to visit the new jazzahead! Blog, and also their live sessions via the jazzahead! Facebook page.

    The 15th jazzahead!, the anniversary edition of the world’s largest jazz trade fair, was originally scheduled to take place from Thursday 23 to Sunday 26 April 2020, in Halls 6 and 7 of MESSE BREMEN, with the accompanying festival from Friday 17 to Sunday 26 April 2020. Unfortunately, the entire event had to be cancelled at relatively short notice because of the Corona pandemic.

    More information: www.jazzahead.de

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     NOTE: About jazzahead!

    Launched in 2006, jazzahead! is the largest jazz trade fair in the world. Having grown steadily, the industry gathering is also known as the place where the jazz family gets together – the event has never lost its family character. The 40 showcase concerts during the fair and the jazzahead! Festival are also aimed at the general public. Since 2011, this festival, together with around 60 cooperation partners, has presented the cultural scene of a different partner country each year, plus bands from all over the world as part of the CLUBNIGHT, in which around 30 venues in Bremen participate. Since 2015, jazzahead! has been funded by the German Federal Government‘s Commissioner for Culture and the Media. In 2019 it was awarded the title of European Cultural Brand of the Year.

     

    Further information for editorial offices:

    MESSE BREMEN/M3B GmbH

    Canan Sevil, Phone +49 421 / 35 05 – 323

    E-Mail: sevil@messe-bremen.de; Internet: www.messe-bremen.de

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  • jazzahead! | 31.07.2020

    Online programme in the run-up to jazzahead! 2021

     jazzahead! 2020 and the cultural festival which accompany it were due to be held in April, and would have marked a double anniversary. Both events, however, fell victim to the coronavirus ...

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    “Virtual Sessions” with Experts, Multimedia Blog and Live Panels via Facebook

     jazzahead! 2020 and the cultural festival which accompany it were due to be held in April, and would have marked a double anniversary. Both events, however, fell victim to the coronavirus pandemic, and the postponement was a huge disappointment to all those who had been looking forward to attending. Now the organisers have news to report: „We will be catching up with the celebrations from 29 April to 2 May 2021,” says Sybille Kornitschky who runs jazzahead! for MESSE BREMEN. “And in the interim we are launching an exciting online programme. As an important networking platform for the global industry, we wish to promote and support the scene in these difficult times“. To ensure that the programme can reach as many people as possible, the sessions and the content will be in English.

    „Virtual sessions“ on industry topics
    “Virtual sessions“ on specialist topics are aimed specifically at participants who have already registered for 2021 – registration starts on Tuesday, 1 September. In these 45-minute discussions, experts from the respective fields will discuss, for example, best-practice examples of export strategies of different countries or social media for organisers. For example, the first event on Monday, 28 September, will look at the question: How do you successfully organize an online festival and earn money from it? For the livestream of Bel Jazz Festival at the end of May, the Belgian organizers managed to do just that, with around 3,000 fans buying tickets.
    A wide-ranging blog
    The digital programme will be launched on Friday, 21 August, with a blog at www.jazzahead.de. Texts, videos and podcasts will present people, topics and regions from the international jazz scene. The blog is also intended to prepare the industry for the next jazzahead! And the content will be available without restriction. For example, Peter Schulze, Artistic Director of jazzahead!, talks to musician Pablo Held. He is known for his work as a pianist but he also regularly interviews major figures in jazz from all over the world for his own blog. From his collection of interviews, he will contribute the podcast of his conversation with Norma Winstone, who was a recipient of the jazzahead! Škoda Award.
    Two other initiatives: the jazzahead! team will be asking people from the jazz scene in Germany and abroad to write short texts in which they describe their view of German jazz and present which jazz from Germany they currently recommend. This will be an occasional series. Furthermore, Canadian festival director Rainbow Robert will be reporting on the effects of the Corona pandemic on the Canadian jazz scene. Canada was the partner country of the postponed jazzahead! and has accepted the renewed invitation to be partner country in 2021.
    Live panels on current topics
    Also free of charge and available to all people interested in jazz: Monthly live panels on Facebook start on Thursday, September 3. These 15-minute sessions will focus on preparations for jazzahead! 2021, but also on general current topics such as the work of the Europe Jazz Network or the situation and perspectives of the live sector against the background of the Corona pandemic.
    More information: www.jazzahead.de
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    Further information for editorial offices:
    MESSE BREMEN/M3B GmbH
    Imke Zimmermann, Phone +49 (0)4 21 / 35 05 – 445
    E-Mail: zimmermann@messe-bremen.de – Website http://www.messe-bremen.de

     

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  • jazzahead! | 20.03.2020

    jazzahead! 2020 is cancelled

    Hans Peter Schneider, Managing Director of M3B GmbH, the parent company of MESSE BREMEN, explains why it has unfortunately proved necessary to make this decision: „jazzahead! exists in order ...

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    Partner country and showcases to remain the same, but postponed until 2021

    Hans Peter Schneider, Managing Director of M3B GmbH, the parent company of MESSE BREMEN, explains why it has unfortunately proved necessary to make this decision: „jazzahead! exists in order to promote international meetings and the exchange of ideas, but this is unfortunately not possible during the coronavirus pandemic, and that includes the end of April. We very much regret being obliged to cancel, but the preservation of health is the over-riding priority.“ The largest jazz trade fair in the world, originally planned to take place from Thursday 23 April to Sunday 26 April 2020, in halls 6 and 7 of MESSE BREMEN, as well as all the events of the accompanying festival from Friday 17 April until Sunday 26 April 2020, are therefore being postponed to 2021, from Thursday to Sunday, 29 April to 2 May for the trade fair.

    The organizers had first tried to ascertain whether it might be possible to move the jazz trade fair and the accompanying culture festival into the summer months. „But together with our partners, we have now decided to postpone jazzahead! until next year,“ says Sybille Kornitschky, who runs jazzahead! on behalf of MESSE BREMEN. Canada as partner country has already committed for 2021. The bands selected for this year’s showcase concerts will also be maintained for the showcases in 2021.

    Rochelle Hum of the Canada Council for the Arts, speaking on behalf of all the Canadian partners commented: “While we are saddened by the cancellation of the 2020 edition of jazzahead!, we understand the importance of this change in plans for the health of artists, delegates and audiences. In the months ahead, we believe that music—and the arts more broadly—will have an integral role to play in our shared healing. For this reason, we have committed to supporting a Canada focus at the 2021 edition of jazzahead! Our ongoing collaboration with jazzahead! marks an important example of how countries can come together in these challenging times to foster our collective wellbeing.”

    Double anniversary missed

    In 2020 jazzahead! would have marked its fifteenth anniversary, and this would also be the tenth time that a festival dedicated to the culture of the partner country accompanied the trade fair. Canada is the first country from overseas to be chosen as a partner. The organizers had been expecting over 3,000 industry participants plus exhibitors from 64 nations for the trade fair, with the accompanying festival, including the CLUBNIGHT, attracting an additional audience of around 15,000 people.

    More information: www.jazzahead.de

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    Further information for editors:

    MESSE BREMEN/M3B GmbH
    Canan Sevil, Telephone +49 (0) 4 21 / 35 05 – 323
    E-Mail: sevil@messe-bremen.de; Internet: www.messe-bremen.de

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