A Jazz in the Park initiative
The Jazz in the Park Fund is the method which allows festival participants to get involved in the community. Every year, we select a cause we believe in and we support it, so that we can generate a positive change around us. The concerts held in the Central Park and the Somes River Bank are free entrance concerts, and anyone can help the cause, by purchasing one or several non-mandatory tickets to Jazz in the Park.
About the Jazz in the Park Fund
In 2015, Jazz in the Park became the first project in Romania to introduce the concept of non-mandatory tickets: the access to the festival is free of charge, but those who wish to do so can buy non-mandatory tickets. The money we collect from these tickets goes to a fund intended to support cultural intervention projects in the public space.
In 2015, we have collected EUR 10,000, in 2016 – EUR 15,000, and in 2017 – EUR 13,500. The Jazz in the Park Fund is how a festival turned people into an active community, with members who get involved and support cultural projects.
PROJECTS FUNDED IN 2017
Art gallery on wheels: visual revitalization project, through art, of the old trams in Cluj and turning public transportation means into an art gallery on wheels.
Te Khelas Amen! –non-formal education project addressed to children and young people from the Coastei – Pata Rât community, through activities such as: theme visits, painting, sewing workshops, crafts, activities and sports competitions.
Sports scholarships – providing one year sports scholarships for the young people of Pata Rât.
Building a playground and sports field in Pata Rât.
PROJECTS FUNDED IN 2016: three projects from artists in Cluj were funded through the money gathered during the fourth festival edition.
MOARA/ Body Bridge is a project consisting of building a wooden installation shaped as a bridge or social space. It is a pedestrian bridge built over Morii Canal, in a green place, where everyone will be able to escape the urban crowds. Blajin, the project initiators, propose to recover, in this manner, some of the industrial and human history of the old Cluj, combining visual arts with sculpture and carpentry. The Body Bridge can be found on Splaiul Independenței, corner with Pandurilor, near the Olympic Pool, in Cluj.
MĂSCĂRICI gathers 27 graphic illustrators uniting their talent to create a special card game. Each illustrator uses his/her imagination to determine the elements composing the clothing of the selected country. This is a contemporary reinterpretation of the Păcălici card game we all used to play as children, a reinterpretation between visual arts and design.
OUR ENVIRONMENT REMIXED reveals how the sounds of the park can create music, and each of us can contribute to such a project. The idea involves creating an electronic music desk operating based on the sounds recorded in the park. The system is designed for interaction, so that each visitor can create electronic music from the sounds of trees, birds, and the environment where the sound system will be installed.
In 2015, Jazz in the Park became the first project in Romania to introduce the concept of non-mandatory tickets: the access to the festival is free of charge, but those who are willing to do so can purchase a symbolic ticket, and the money collected from these tickets goes to a fund intended to support community projects for the benefit of the city. This year’s theme is supporting certain cultural, educational and social projects in the most underprivileged area of Cluj, Pata Rât, near the landfill, and also supporting projects for the benefit of the city. Over 1,500 people live here, many of them children.
In 2015 Jazz in the Park became the first Romanian project with non-mandatory tickets. The festival access is free, but those who want can buy a symbolic ticket and contribute to the fund. This fund will be used to sustain community, cultural and educational projects in Pata Rat, a community living close to the Garbage Pit where access to education is extremely poor.