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Support the community’s creativity. The Jazz in the Park Fund and the non-mandatory tickets

Jazz in the Park 2018 is almost ready to start. From June 21st, until July 1st, for 11 days, the festival proposes names from the international and Romanian music, that we discover or rediscover in beautiful places in Cluj: in the Central Park, on the Someș River bank, in the street, in Pata Rât, the Art Museum and the Hungarian Opera.

This year, the festival has two sections: the free one – where we welcome all those who wish to enjoy good music: in the park, on the river bank, in the street, in Pata Rât – and the one based on tickets and passes – for the concerts at the opera and the museum.

Well, as the years went by, we wanted to do more for the community, to be more than a context for discovering good music and spending time together, maybe even leave something behind. This is how the Jazz in the Park Fund was born.

All concerts in the Central Park, on the Someș River bank, in the street and in Pata Rât have free admission, and, if you wish, you could buy a non-mandatory ticket. Or more.

This year, non-mandatory tickets are available in three colors: with red bracelets, yellow bracelets and blue bracelets. Each bracelet also has a minimum amount that you can give to the Fund: blue – Lei 10 (supporter), yellow – Lei 30 (Jazz Fan), red – Lei 100 (Super Jazz Fan). We will use the raised amounts to fund beautiful artistic and creative projects, that we can’t wait to turn into reality. They belong to artists that, in our opinion, deserve support and encouragement.

The 6 projects selected by the jury following a public call are Fata Știmei Apelor, An Almost Political Dairy, deCluj, Generique Interactiv, Illustrated Facts About Transylvania, Fotopia Collective.

Our goal is to raise Euro 30,000 from these non-mandatory festival tickets, money that we will use to fund all these 6 initiatives. Sounds good? : )

How you can get involved

Anyone can get involved in the Fund campaign. And it’s very simple:

  • Buy a non-mandatory ticket online here, from, Eventim or BiletMaster, select the amount that you wish to transfer to the Fund. You can trade your ticket for a bracelet at any time, during or before the festival, at our office in Cluj.
  • Tell others about the fund: online or offline – use on social media the hashtags #AmCumparatBratara #FondulJazzinthePark (maybe even a photo of your Jazz in the Park 2018 bracelet) to let others know that they can also support the Fund.
  • Come to the festival, buy a non-mandatory ticket from the Jazz in the Park Fund volunteers and receive on the spot the supporter/jazz fan/super jazz fan bracelet.

What are the projects to be financed from the Jazz in the Park Fund 2018

We “talked” about how you can get involved, now let’s talk about the projects and what they involve.

Fata Știmei Apelor is a graphic novel that explores the conflict between technological progress and nature. The artistic comic is full of adventure, dynamism and fantasy elements, and has characters and motifs from East-European fairytales. Initiators: Maria Surducan and Benczedi Anna Julia.

deCluj is an unusual collection of boards that can be turned into scale models: the project invites us to discover the architecture of Cluj by playing, building paper buildings, easy to assemble, regardless of age or handiness. A different urban guide, contributing to the highlighting and completing of a contemporary overview on the multicultural heritage of Cluj. Initiators:  Klara Veer and Dan Burzo.

An Almost Political Diary is an artist book of Lucia Mărneanu, a collage at the border between political cartoon and graphic journal, inspired by the notes spread on the edges of her personal notebooks. Lucia maps the information excess that we face, through a fabric of fugitive observations, repetitively tapping into potential conclusions on topics such as: the absurd; location and dislocation; meaning and lack of meaning; informational chaos and the end of history. Initiators: Lucia Mărneanu and Oana Hodade.

“Générique” Interactiv  consists of the production of a concert influenced by jazz and electronic music, in a space that not only acts as a stage, but also as a space for an interactive sound installation. Initiators: Joszef Iszlai and Ors Albert-Nagy.

Illustrated Facts About Transylvania is a book of illustrations about Transylvania, a guide for the modern tourist. A souvenir book, illustrated based on the curiosities about Transylvania, a combination between the historic and cultural heritage and the authentic lifestyle, sprinkled with myths, superstitions and humor. Initiator: Stela Caraman.

Fotopia Collective represents a series of events dedicated to documentary photography, gathering in Cluj the most important documentary photographers in Romania and abroad, through a series of exhibitions, projections, debates, workshops and special events. Initiator: Călin Ilea.

At the festival, you can find out straight from the project initiators about their ideas and other creative ideas that they have, you can attend their exhibition and the dedicated activities they will organize.

About the Jazz in the Park Fund

The Jazz in the Park Fund is how the festival community gets involved and finances artistic and creative projects. Jazz in the Park is the environment where people gather, and the Fund is a way for them to get involved. We introduced the concept of “non-mandatory tickets” to the festival, because the concerts on the public domain have free admission, but the people willing to support the artistic process can purchase a non-mandatory ticket for Lei 10, 30 or 100. This way, the money comes from those who really wish to contribute and goes to artistic projects.

We invite you to become a supporter of creativity. Support the Jazz in the Park Fund: buy non-mandatory tickets here.

Thank you for choosing to get involved!

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