Brecon Jazz Festival 2020 : 7th 8th 9th August, Updated Press Release
Friday, 15th May 2020
Coronavirus: COVID-19 Information
Being one of the smaller, devolved and independent Music Festivals in Wales, means that BJF has been able to adopt a ‘wait and see’ policy for 2020, in the time of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, we are at the point now where some crucial decisions must be made.
The outdoor / street closure and trader stalls for BJF2020 will not now go ahead. The contactors (epm Marketing, Swansea) for this part of the festival have cancelled for public safety reasons, due to the virus and ongoing restrictions. Brecon Jazz Club, which runs jazz events all year round, is the music programming and grant holder body for the annual festival ‘BJF’ in August. It is a non-profit organization run by volunteers. We are determined to explore alternatives for BJF2020 so that we can emerge stronger from this, more connected to our audience, the artistic and support communities, than ever before.
For all of us, the first priority is audience, team and visitor safety. This includes the jazz followers, the musicians, crew, venue teams, jazz volunteers and traders, all of whom are each a much loved component of every Brecon Jazz Festival Weekend.
The nature of the Jazz Festival as a one-off summer event in August poses specific challenges. Festivals around the UK now face not just a temporary shutdown of business, but a whole year of loss, their capacity built being wiped out, and potential oblivion. This includes for the artists, the sound, stage and lighting companies, local suppliers, businesses and more. We cannot assume they will mobilise, bounce back, and bring people back in.
Taking the lead from organisers such as the Montreux Jazz Festival, now in its 54th year, we are planning to livestream a number of free and dedicated music events during August 2020, and will keep all subscribers fully informed as we go forward.
Friday, 27 March 2020
Coronavirus: COVID-19 Information
The situation facing the Brecon Jazz Festival, like so many other events and groups across Wales and the world, is changing daily. We are reviewing our Brecon Jazz Festival plans in line with the pandemic developments and will continue to monitor these alongside the latest guidance and advice from the Welsh Government, key partners and Public Health Wales. We are also in touch with other event organisers, funders and jazz networks in Wales/UK and EU.
Clearly now, the safety and wellbeing of all is paramount – the general public, jazz volunteers, artists, audience, supporters and visitors, and those involved in the BJ outdoor activities.
We will liaise with stakeholders to find ways in which we can support the ‘Brecon’ and ‘Jazz’ communities by looking for workable arrangements for after these difficult times, and to keep a balance between optimism and realism.
We are looking at various options. We know that in due course, Welsh Government and Arts organisations will want to support the renewal and revival of music and the arts; we will want to play our part in that. It is uncertain when that will be. Everyone knows, of course, the importance of music in wellbeing, enjoyment, and our coming together as people in such celebratory events.
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We are grateful to everyone for their continued support – those cheerful as well as sympathetic and constructive messages. Please look after yourselves and others.
Also, find ways to support musicians and artists direct and via charitable organisations – so that we, and they, will have capacity for the future when it is needed.
The information above is correct as of 27th March 2020.
Our not-for-profit organisation has to face reality. We need to raise funds to support us as we plot a sustainable route to secure Brecon Jazz Festival going forward.
We thank everyone who made it possible for us to curate a viable “Street Jazz and Jazz in Town” experience last year. If you are in a position to support us again, please visit our Crowd Funding page for more information.
A reminder from previous years: