With concerts, activities, exhibitions and events centred around jazz, The 8th Tournai Jazz Festival will be held from Wednesday through to Sunday. Launched in 2010 in collaboration with the Fifty one service-club in Tournai, the Tournai Jazz Festival is an event organised in partnership with “Tournai Jazz Événement” and “Maison de la Culture de Tournai” association. Last year, the event attracted 10,000 festival-goers.
“Our organisation aims to create a cultural event around jazz every year in Tournai. We wish to promote jazz and associated music in Wallonie picarde by ensuring support for the artists, projects, creativity, distribution and training in the short or long term,” Geoffrey Bernard, the festival president explained. “Our wish is to set up our region as a standard bearer of jazz, considered to be the mother of all music. We are also trying to expose jazz to as wide a public as possible.”
Jazz workshops are being proposed for children and adults. “The invited artists cover as many styles of jazz as possible but always remain accessible to a general audience,” Bernard continued.
A programme of national and international entertainment is on offer during five days of concerts, from Wednesday, May 1 to Sunday, May 5. They will be held in the cathedral, the Halle aux Draps (cloth hall), the Tournai Conservatory as well as under the Magic Mirrors, a 600-seat marquee installed on the Grand-place.
This year, the festival will welcome notably Thomas Dutronc, Jan Garbarek Feat. Trilok Gurtu, Mélanie De Biasio, Al Di Meola, BJ Scott & Jeff Danes as well as Stéphane Belmondo.