Vision formed for iconic festival

BRING BACK THE BIG BANDS: Generations In Jazz will return in April 2022.

THE future of Generations In Jazz has been put in the spotlight by organisers as they prepare a long-term vision for the nationally-renowned music showcase.

Key stakeholders joined organisers at strategic planning meetings last month to discuss the event’s strengths, opportunities and direction, as well as its scheduled return in April 2022 following two successive postponements due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Generations in Jazz Board chairman Peter Roberts said normally the organisation would be in full swing managing the final stages for the event but was instead conducting a review and crafting a five-year plan.

“The board is intently focused on using this time to review the passion for and the ‘why’s’ of holding this event, to ensure that the plan for the next five years reflects the best possible outcomes,” Mr Roberts said.

A second session focused on the logistical feedback from those who are “hands on “ in the event.

“This offered a valuable insight on what we do now and what we can do into the future,” Mr Roberts said.

“Of course not only are we gathering this feedback for the future five years, we are also very intent on planning a truly epic event for 2022 – really delivering the ‘wow’ factor.

“It is really important that our core market, the schools, know that we are working hard to bring a truly great return event after two years of cancellations.”

While not in a position to confirm guest artists just yet, Mr Roberts said artistic director James Morrison would deliver a Saturday evening concert you would only ever see at Generations in Jazz.

Generations In Jazz 2022 will be held from April 29 to May 1.