Penkhull Jazz and Blues Festival 2010

2010 will see the second annual Penkhull Jazz and Blues Festival. The success of the inaugural event in 2009 has reportedly given the organising committee the belief that this Festival can become a regular mainstay of the programme of community events.

The event in 2009 saw an estimated 4000+ visitors to the village from far and wide, the intention is to build upon this success, whilst making it even more of a community event.

The 2009 programme consisted of a brief opening ceremony, featuring the Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent and special guest Alan Hudson. A marching band paraded through the village visiting each of the five public houses that hosted the entertainment later in the day. Thanks to assistance from the local councillors and the council Area Implementation Team, there were several ongoing activities on the ‘village green’ including face painting, stilt walkers, and Jazz playing buskers. The evening programme saw 15 bands playing in the villages 5 public houses.

In the spirit of community giving £1000 was raised for their nominated charity which for 2009 was the Donna Louise Trust.

The charity for 2010 is to be the ‘Heart of Penkhull Appeal’, raising money for improvement of the parish church. To emphasise this link, organisers intend to build upon the success of last years format, by having more of a community focus throughout more of the day, centred upon the village green, making the event more accessible to the younger members of the community.

The initial proposal for 2010 builds upon the successes of 2009, whilst looking to provide a longer more focussed event from noon to early evening. It should be stressed at this point that this is an initial proposal, no artists have as yet been booked as the format will inevitably be dictated by available funding.

Prior to the opening ceremony there will be a performance of the local diocese male voice choir, stressing the link between the festival and the ‘Heart of Penkhull Appeal’. The opening ceremony will then take place, local councillors and the Lord Mayor of Stoke-on-Trent will again be invited, George Berry and Alan Hudson have both indicated their willingness to be present, and other VIP guests have yet to be approached. There may be a link at this stage to the centenary celebrations which will be in place in 2010. The ceremony will be followed by a performance by a local choir who will put a Jazz and Blues swing to their usual style.

From this point the stage will be handed over to the Jazz and Blues bands who will be playing through to late afternoon. As evening falls the programme of bands in the local public houses will commence, continuing throughout the evening.

This new structure is intended to make the Festival a more identifiable community event. The committee for 2010 consists almost entirely of Penkhull residents, emphasising the ‘by the community for the community’ ethos. In order to minimise the carbon footprint of the festival, as many services as possible will be sourced from Penkhull and its near locale, e.g. printing, staging, PA etc.

As previously stated the format of the Festival will be dictated by available funding; sponsors are being sought for evening bands in addition to those being funded by individual public houses, individual band sponsors will have their information displayed in the venue in which that band appears and on the website, and flyers.

The main funding requirement will be for the community programme on the green. Organisers require staging, PA system, both of which will need to be undercover to guard against inclement weather. Insurance and costs associated with road closures will need to be covered, as will the costs for the entertainers in the afternoon, and printing of information leaflets regarding the event and other promotional costs in advance of the day.

It is hoped that a single main sponsor may be acquired to fund the events on the green, Logos etc to be displayed prominently on all promotional material including the website and backdrops on the day. Any additional requirements will be met wherever possible.

Contact Barry Carver should you be able to help on

Details of bands and the schedule will be posted very soon. Watch this space!


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