Rye International Jazz Festival
75-77 High Street
01892 277 984
01892 277 984
Anthony Strong / Flowers & Hatchard / Ginger Baker / IDMC Gospel Choir / Jazz Caverners / Claire Martin (TBC) / Tubo Bem / Rod Pooley / Phil Hudson
Jazz FM UK Jazz Radio
After having been a regular visitor to the beautiful historic town of Rye in East Sussex for over fifteen years, Ian Bowden, the Festival Director wanted to combine his passion for music and history to create and launch a "Boutique" high quality Jazz Festival in 2012. After many months of research and development, we reached the conclusion that there was overwhelming support for a new and exciting festival of this nature.
WHY RYE? Rye is considered a jewel on the South Coast on England and boasts almost a thousand years of fascinating history. The town is very compact and once you are within the Medieval Citadel, all of the festival locations and venues are an easy walk away. Our vision is a five year plan to grow and develop a sustainable festival that will build momentum year upon year.
Rye as a town relies heavily on tourism and already has number successful local events that take place on an annual basis. The Rye International Jazz Festival is designed to attract new audiences to Rye from across the South East, London and from across the UK. The long term vision also includes attracting visitors and performers from Europe from countries such as France, Belgium, Holland and Germany.
The festival will feature and present a range of music performances that include Jazz, Blues, and R&B, Soul, Gospel, Cuban, World Music and Funk. The festival has one goal, to unite likeminded people that have a passion for great music and to offer diversity across a range of music genres.
Once established, the festival will also attract artists from Europe and from across the globe to perform as part of the festival future programme. As in all these type of projects, establishing a new festival is always the hardest challenge, especially in year one! From a programming perspective our plans are modest and manageable but also offer diversity to many from within the community.
As for the future, Rye has a range of larger outdoor venue options that can be utilised as the festival grows. These include park areas where we have already explored the feasibility of a picnic style outdoor staged event could be presented. The capacity of this venue is in the region of 5,000-6,000 so there are a range of exciting possibilities for the future. Once established, the festival will be able to attract top ranking A listed world artists to perform as part of our ongoing festival programming.
The festival has established a superb team of professionals to manage all of the planning and execution of the festival in 2012. The venues that we are using are intimate and our vision has been to create a compact atmospheric festival that leaves you wanting more. The festival in 2012 is hoping to attract audiences in the region of 4,000 plus to attend the many scheduled live events throughout the town. The festival offers a wonderful opportunity, where our audiences can get to listen and attend some fantastic free and paid for ticketed events, whilst at the same time, have the opportunity to explore the amazing history and heritage of one of the most fascinating medieval towns in the country.
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