Researching (Jazz) Festivals: A Day of Ideas and Discussion


Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Friday 29 April 2016, 10-5pm


FREE attendance (must register via Cheltenham Jazz Festival box office)


The Impact of Festivals is a 12-month project funded under the Arts and Humanities Research Council’s Connected Communities Programme, working with research partner organization, the EFG London Jazz Festival. The Principal Investigator is Professor George McKay, AHRC Leadership Fellow for the Connected Communities Programme, and Professor of Media Studies at the University of East Anglia. The Research Associate is Dr Emma Webster, co-founder and Director of Live Music Exchange.


Researching (Jazz) Festivals will feature festival directors and researchers talking about jazz and festivals (and jazz festivals), and will see the launch of a new report for the Arts and Humanities Research Council about the impact of British music festivals at an evening drinks reception. We have a full day programme, open to the public, festival organisers, journalists and researchers, free of charge, taking place in a dedicated space at the jazz festival site during the festival.


Confirmed Speakers:


Keynote plenary: European Jazz Research

* Francesco Martinelli, Siena Jazz Archive: European Jazz Research Project

* Prof Tony Whyton, Birmingham City University: Cultural Heritage and Improvised Music in European Festivals Project,


Festival Directors

* John Cumming, Director, EFG London Jazz Festival

* Steve Mead, Director, Manchester Jazz Festival


Jazz Research

* Alison Eales, University of Glasgow: Critical History of the Glasgow International Jazz Festival (PhD thesis, forthcoming)

* Dr Nick Gebhardt, Birmingham City University: The Cultural Politics of Jazz Collectives: This Is Our Music (Routledge, 2015)

* Prof Stephanie Pitts, University of Sheffield: ‘Listening to live jazz: an individual or social act?’ (Arts Marketing 2013) and ‘Rules and expectations of jazz gigs’ (Social Semiotics 2012)


Festivals Research

* Dr Chris Anderton, Southampton Solent University: Music Festivals in the UK, (Ashgate Publishing, forthcoming)

* Dr Matt Brennan, University of Edinburgh: Fields of Green: Addressing Sustainability and Climate Change through Music Festival Communities

* Dr Roxy Robinson, Leeds Beckett University: Music Festivals and the Politics of Participation (Routledge, 2015)


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