Anniversary edition Jazz in the Park, Europe’s Best Small Festival title holder, starts on Thursday, September 1, in the “Romulus Vuia” Ethnographic Park in Cluj-Napoca. During the four days of the festival, the houses and hills of the oldest open-air museum in Romania will transform into jazz and world music scenes.
Lineupul eclectic and vibrant headlines The Comet is Coming, Asaf Avidan, Avishai Cohen Quartet, Dhafer Youssef: Digital Africa, Yussef Dayes, Roberto Fonseca Trio, joined by Amadou&Mariam, Erik Truffaz Quartet, Skalpel, Teodora Enache- Brody, Mircea Tiberian Trio, Shay Hazan, Elena Mîndru Quartet, Luiza Zan Trio, London Afrobeat Collective, Anna Hauss, Mădălina Pavăl Orchestra and many others.
Festival will open its doors to the public on Thursday, September 1 at 5:00 p.m., with concerts on the first day starting at 6:00 p.m. On Friday, September 2, you will be able to enter the festival from 4:00 p.m., and on Saturday, September 3, and Sunday, September 4, from 2:00 p.m. On all four days of the festival, the concerts will end at 11:00 p.m., and the audience is asked to leave the perimeter of the Ethnographic Park. Those who want to party until later will be able to do so by participating in the jam sessions and concerts that will take place on the Night Stage, a stage located outside, in close proximity to the side entrance to the Park.
Apart from the concerts on the five stages in the park – Church Stage, Backyard Stage, Young Stage, Vinyl Stage and Night Stage, the households of the park will be animated by all kinds of activities. Some of these are thought, naturally, around music. Thus, vinyl enthusiasts will be able to complete their collections if they browse through the vinyl fair organized by Pepsi Cola, and those who want to learn to drum or play different instruments will be able to participate in the lessons of music provided by Mega Image through Music Hub. Registration is done on the spot, and the lessons will last for half an hour.
Music will be present not only on the stages, but also in one of the park’s churches. It is about Horea’s Church, which was built in the village of Cizer (Sălaj), in 1773, by a team of carpenters guided by the one who would become the leader of the uprising of 1784. Its interior will be transformed by Nagarro into an audition room under the name of Listening Church, where it will be possible to test different Acoustic Density brand audio systems.
Music will also take center stage Meetings on the spot, the debate series supported by Accesa and which will bring together artists, audio system manufacturers, journalists, psychologists and event organizers. They will discuss how music helps us in crisis situations, how jazz can change a community or how music is still listened to today, if there is still cultural journalism in Romania and where the events industry is heading after two years of the pandemic.
Also within this eventthe audience will have the opportunity to listen to and ask questions of some of the artists present on the festival stages: trumpeter Avishai Cohen, Anna Hauss, nominated for an Emmy for the piece composed for the series The Queen’s Gambit, and members of the band London Afrobeat Collective.
In addition to music, special attention in the festival was given this year to gastronomy. Thus, in addition to the traditional food court, three of the courtyards of the Ethnographic Park will be transformed into pop-up restaurants. Plus, those who prefer outdoor picnics will have a local produce market where they can buy cheese, tomatoes and other goodies to enjoy on their blankets at the festival.
The festival will not miss the pottery and ceramics workshops under the Cemacon umbrella, the craft fair or the areas dedicated to children. The Kiddo Care Court will also be one of the children’s favorite places, given that here they will find unconventional toys and have natural materials available to create their own games.
The audience present at Jazz in the Park will also be able to get involved in the creation of an aftermovie about the festival. For that, people who want to film will have to go to the People’s Aftermovie by Mega Image stand, where they will be given a GoPro camera with which they will be able to immortalize, for 45 minutes, different moments of their festival experience. Upon returning the room, they will receive a voucher to enjoy a product from the festival. The filming will be put together, after the festival, by the Jazz in the Park team, which will then distribute the aftermovie on its own communication channels.
Since the Ethnographic Park is located in an area with heavy traffic, festival participants are advised by the organizers not to come to the event with their own car, but with public transport. In this sense, the Cluj-Napoca Public Transport Company has supplemented the routes on line 37, which has a stop near the Ethnographic Park. Other buses that can be used to reach the Ethnographic Park are 26, 27, 28, 30, 41 and 44.
People who come with their own car can use the parking lot of the Tetarom Industrial Park, in the vicinity of the Ethnographic Park, which is free, within the limits of available spaces. During the festival, the use of any parking spaces is allowed, except for those expressly marked as reserved. The organizers also draw attention to the fact that the Ethnographic Park alley will be closed to traffic between September 1-4, parking on that alley being prohibited.
RULES OF GOOD LIVING
Taking into account the fact that the Ethnographic Park houses wooden heritage monuments, which can catch fire very easily, smoking conventional cigarettes is only allowed in two specially arranged areas and indicated on the festival map. Outside of these areas, festival goers may only use tobacco vaping devices.
Also, during the festival, access with pets is allowed, provided that they are kept on a leash and that the space is kept clean after them.
Access to the festival is based on tickets and subscriptions put up for sale online on iabilet.rope iabilet.ro/retea and on jazzinthepark.ro. Tickets can be bought during the festival and at the entrance to the Ethnographic Park, until 10:00 p.m., and after 10:00 p.m. only in front of the Night Stage. Day tickets and season tickets also cover the Night Stage concerts. Those who wish to attend only the concerts on this stage can do so on the basis of a one-day ticket.
Children under 14 can enter for free, but must be accompanied by at least one adult with a season ticket or ticket valid for the day.
Jazz in the Park is a contemporary jazz festival founded in 2013 and which has so far brought to Cluj over 300 jazz concerts with artists from almost all continents, quickly becoming one of the most important European festivals of its kind. Artists such as Marcus Miller, Judith Hill, Ghost Note, Richard Bona, Bill Laurance, Dhafer Youssef, Robert Glasper, Nouvelle Vague or Hindi Zahra have performed on his stages. In 2019, Jazz in the Park won the “Best Small European Festival” category trophy at the 11th edition of the prestigious European Festival Awards competition, thus becoming the first jazz festival in Europe (and implicitly in Romania) that earned a distinction at this event. Since 2018, the Jazz in the Park festival is a member of the European Jazz Network.
Project carried out with the support of Cluj City Hall and Cluj Local Council.
Main partners: Moretti Beer, Raiffesen Bank, Mega Image, Cemacon
Partners: Medlife, Pepsi, IQOS, Crush Wine Shop, Farmec, Mindera, Nagarro, Accesa, Jim Beam, Brico Dépôt, Daisler Print House, Hochland, Iulius Mall, The Home, Verdino, Kanto, Acoustic Density, Meze Audio, Narcoffee, Mobila Dalin.
Institutional partners: Administration of the National Cultural Fund, Ethnographic Museum of Transylvania
Mobility partner: Autoworld
Supported by: Rock FM
Media partners: TVR Cluj, EBS Radio, Radio Romania Cultural, Radio Romania Cluj, Cultura la duba, Hotnews, IQads, Modernism, SMARK, Arhitext, Designist.ro, Igloo, InOras.ro, Zeppelin, Ziarul Metropolis, Inspire Now, Media Hub.
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