George: I’m very pleased to say I’m involved in this event, at the Dukes Theatre, Lancaster. I’m talking in an afternoon session with John Cumming of the London Jazz Festival (with which we have future plans), doing a taster about the eccentric history of the jazz festival in Britain, with pictures. Here is some information about the day. A great line-up, featuring academics, festival organisers, media, musicians, and community organisations, organised from Lancaster University, really looking forward to it…
Thinking With Jazz is a day-long symposium that takes place during the 2013 Lancaster Jazz Festival. This year, the panelists and keynote speakers include John Cumming (London Jazz Festival), Fiona Talkington (BBC Radio 3), Gerry Godley (Twelve Points Festival, Dublin), George McKay (University of Salford), Tim Wall (Birmingham City University), Kristin McGee (University of Groningen), Matt Robinson (Lancaster Jazz Festival), Pete Moser (More Music) and Tony Whyton (University of Salford).
Join them to discuss a range of topics including festivals and social media, spaces and places, funding and programming, and artistic dreams and realities.
In the afternoon there will be an open workshop in which symposium participants collaborate on a Grow Your Own Festival resource. Our aim is to provide festival promoters and arts organisations with ideas and practical tools to design festivals which engage local communities in creative and meaningful ways.
This event is supported by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences Enterprise Centre and the Lancaster Institute for Contemporary Arts, Lancaster University.
The symposium is free to attend, but early registration is necessary, as lunch will be provided. Go to the website here for further information and registration