Swansea will play host to the first ever International Jazz Festival, open to the public between 20th and 22nd June.
We’re delighted to announce DJM as proud sponsors of the Festival, which will feature 21 ticketed concerts taking place at the Dylan Thomas Centre, National Waterfront Museum and Dylan Thomas Theatre in the Swansea Maritime Quarter.
The Festival, promoted by Swansea Jazzland, will comprise of artists including Jeff Lorber’s Fusion Band all the way from the US, along with a host of top UK jazz bands including SHAKATAK and Steve White’s Trio Valore.
The event, in partnership with the Arts Council of Wales, Swansea City Council and University of Wales Trinity St David, will also include further ‘fringe’ performances at venues across the city, which will all be free to attend.
Dr Karl Jenkins, now the most performed living composer in the world and originally from Swansea, is the Festival Patron. He said:
“I am honoured to be asked to be Festival Patron. I love my hometown and I am also an official ambassador for the Dylan Thomas centenary.
“Jazz is now, belatedly, universally considered to be culturally important. Currently, Swansea has no opera house and no symphony orchestra, with unfortunately little prospect of either being established in the near future and that is why this Festival is so important.
“I can’t think of a better and more unique way to increase the cultural life and credibility of Swansea than with its very own Jazz Festival.”
Karl Jenkins will attend the official Festival launch event on the evening of Friday 21st March at the Dylan Thomas Centre, along with Economy Minister Edwina Hart AM and festival partners and sponsors.
To find out more about the Festival launch event, and ticket information, please visit: Swansea International Jazz Festival, ‘like’ Swansea Jazz Festival on Facebook or follow @Swanseajazzfest on Twitter.