'Mayoral Umbrella' Commissioned by Barbican International Jazz & Blues Festival for Jazz Parade 2010

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The Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival and Plymouth City Council Arts Unit have commissioned a Mayoral Umbrella to take part in the Grand Festival Jazz Parade on Bank Holiday, May 3rd, in the Barbican, Plymouth.

The Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival and Plymouth City Council Arts Unit have commissioned a Mayoral Umbrella to take part in the Grand Festival Jazz Parade on Bank Holiday, May 3rd, in the Barbican, Plymouth.

The Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival and Plymouth City Council Arts Unit have commissioned a Mayoral Umbrella to take part in the Grand Festival Jazz Parade on Bank Holiday, May 3rd, in the Barbican, Plymouth.

The umbrella, made by hot new umbrella makers, Um..., from Cawsand, near Plymouth, will be uniquely decorated by Emmy Gai-Palmer, a noted glass maker, from Devon.

'It's a tradition for the Jazz Festival to feature a New Orleans style Jazz Parade and this year we wanted to make it really special. The vision is that each year the umbrella will be decorated by a different artist , and carried by the Mayor through the streets at the parade," said Festival Director, Katie Thompson.

The City Council Arts Unit have funded the inaugural mayoral umbrella project "We were delighted to kick start this annual commission to contribute to what is a fast growing and popular event within the festival, which is already supported by Plymouth City Council." said Kath Davies, Principal Arts Officer .

There will be an umbrella decorating workshop for children and adults at the Premier Inn Festival Fun Day hosted by Plymouth creative artists Stiltskin at the Premier Inn on Sutton Harbour on Sunday May 2. The workshop is being sponsored by the hotel so places are free, but are on a first-come, first-served basis. It begins at 11am.

The Festival organisers are inviting people to come to the Jazz Parade with their 'bestest umbrellas' to parade through the streets on Bank Holiday Monday May 3. "Bring your bestest umbrella - or decorate one specially. We will have some great parade music, from Manchester's Riotjazz, and it will be lots of fun," said Katie. The Grand Festival Jazz Parade begins at 2pm outside Plymouth Gin's Distillery on Southside Street.

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Editor’s notes

Websites:
http://www.barbicanjazzandbluesfestival.com
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=298430196756 – Facebook group
http://www.myspace.com/barbicanjazzandblues - MySpace profile
http://www.flickr.com/photos/barbicanjazzandblues - Festival pictures
http://astore.amazon.co.uk/bjazzblues-21 - Online music store

Plymouth has also recently launched an innovative interactive project putting its important 20th century design, art and architecture on the map. http://www.20thcenturycity.org.ukis a Heritage Lottery funded project which aims to encourage people to ‘look again’ and celebrate the distinctive 20th Century architecture and history of Plymouth’s City Centre. The project has been developed by the Architecture Centre Devon and Cornwall.

Plymouth: 20th Century City is a web based project which will run for 2 years. The website includes heritage walking trail maps and audio guided tour to download, historical archive images from Plymouth and West Devon Record Office and various resources for the community to use. Plymouth is truly a 20th Century city, it was granted city status in 1928 and currently has the greatest number of post-war listed buildings in the country, outside London. Plymouth City Centre represented the architecture of the future – clean, bright, democratic and, most of all, optimistic.
For further details please contact info(at)20thcenturycity(dot)org(dot)uk.

Festival Schedule
Headliners: Empirical will open the Festival on Saturday May 1 at the Barbican Theatre, and Dennis Rollins and Badbone will play the same venue on Sunday May 2. Claire Martin and Ian Shaw will perform at the Sherwell Centre, on Friday May 7 in a headlining performance staged in conjunction with the University of Plymouth’s Peninsula Arts.

Bank Holiday Monday: The Festival begins on Saturday May 1, runs until May 9 and encompasses the May Day Bank Holiday Monday. So organisers will be pulling out the stops to put on a fantastic, free day of music, street entertainment and the glorious Grand Festival Jazz Parade – complete with jazz umbrella waving.

Swing Sunday: is a new Festival tradition, begun just last year, where we pay homage to that section of jazz known as swing. Swing music continues to appear in today’s charts – think Michael Buble, Robbie Williams, Jamie Cullum – and we devote the final Sunday to this infectious genre. Watch out for swing bands, swing dancing in the street, colourful costumes and singalong tunes. We’ve teamed up with Plymouth swing dance teaching outfit Mad About Swing to bring workshops and dance action to the Festival. Swing bands and performers are being programmed throughout the day, in the area surrounding Plymouth’s Mayflower Steps – from where the Pilgrim Fathers set out for the New World in 1620.

Now the Barbican International Jazz and Blues Festival is importing US art-forms blues and jazz to sound around this historic point of disembarkation. Everyone will be doing the Mayflower Step by the time Swing Sunday ends!

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