The first festival in Romania that brings live music to the city’s Central Park, Jazz in the Park, is preparing for the 2015 edition, dedicated to the European Youth Capital – Cluj-Napoca, an international jazz music interpretation contest. The contest aims to encourage and promote youth bands that interpret songs in the generic jazz style (the list with all accepted genres in the contest can be found here). The contestants will perform during mini-concerts in this year’s Jazz in the Park edition, and the winners will open the 2016 edition of the festival.
The interpretation contest represents a reccurent wish of ours and we are glad that this year we can implement it. We have the opportunity to discover talented musicians from Romania, but not only, and to work with them for our future editions, and, for them, this opportunity brings a new stage to perform on, as the projects on this musical genre are limited. We tried to implement this project in the second edition, but because of time limits we had to rethink the project for this year. The difference this year brings is the insertion of the project from the very beginning in our plans, which allows us to focus better on it and better prepare for it. This year we are confident that we will attract more bands and, if everything goes as planned, this contest will remain permanently in the structure of the festival,” declared Alin Vaida, Jazz in the Park director.
In order to register in the competition, the bands should have at least two instrument players and the members must be born after the date of the 1st of July 1985 (in an exceptional case, one member of the band can be over this age limit). The bands are eligible if they are from one of these countries: Romania, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Serbia, Slovakia, Spain and Ukraine. The registration can be made online, by submitting the dedicated form on the festival’s website. The contest has two sections: interpretation and composition; all registered bands will implicitly participate in the interpretation section, and those who also wish to register for the composition section will specify this in the registration form.
The registrations have to be made until the 1st of June, and the preselection’s results will be communicated until the 15th of June. The selected bands will perform between the 3rd and the 5th of July in front of a jury and the audience, on a set-up stage in the Central Park during Jazz in the Park festival. The selection criteria are: the quality of interpretation, the group’s cohesion, originality and scenic presence. The total value of the prizes is of 1.800 euros, out of which the winning band will receive 800 euros and the invitation of sustaining a recital in the opening of the Jazz in the Park 2016. The participation at the contest is free, and the organizers will assure housing (one night) and meals to the contestants. More information about the contest and the official rules are available on the festival’s website.
Jazz in the Park is an event organized by Fapte and has reached its third edition. After the success from 2014’s summers, the festival was nominated in the “Best Small Festival” category at Festival Awards Europe 2014. The 2015 edition is dedicated to the Youth European Capital – Cluj-Napoca and it takes place between the 29th of June and the 5th of July in more places in the town. The project is funded by a grant offered by Norway, Iceland, Liechtenstein and Romania’s Government, as well as by funds offered by Cluj-Napoca’s City Hall and City Council. The access to any of the events of the festival is free, with the exception of the concerts held by the Hungarian Opera. Official partners: Staropramen and BCR. Institutional partner: Cluj-Napoca City Hall and City Council. Supporters: Bosch and CSI. Communicational partner: Vitrina Advertising.