We want everyone who visits our website or attends the festival to feel that they can enjoy, contribute and participate exactly as they’d want. Find out more by checking on our access information about booking tickets and travelling to and visiting music venues. Please let us know how we can improve if your experience is less than satisfactory.
RVJ&B’s main focus is a broad based portfolio of jazz programmes promoting increased participation in jazz as an art form for musicians and audiences, a focus influenced by jazz’s black music heritage, supporting a priority for inclusion and cultural diversity.
Our portfolio links 7 jazz activities:
Our commitment to cultural diversity means we aim to:
We work with Jazz North’s Northernline programme prioritising new work with young musicians throughout the year. Weekly programmes on Ribble FM, and links on Giants of Jazz radio promote RVJ&B to a wider audience.
We will increase participation by:
Inclusion of black music genres - mainstream jazz, jazz funk, jazz fusion, soul, hip hop, blues, and contemporary jazz will produce a richer, creative, and varied programme - more attractive to excluded groups.
By working with these groups we aim to attract new audiences from neighbouring communities in Blackburn, Burnley and Preston where arts-engagement is lower. We will explore other options for making the festival more accessible to low income groups, via our wider portfolio. A pre and post festival support programme will link with, promote and celebrate festival events.
In recent years we have increased our rural appeal across Ribble Valley bringing artists to village halls, hospitality venues and street locations.
We aim to attract more participants to an extended & varied workshop programme, working with schools, and communities that can be marginalised from mainstream performance, whether on an amateur basis or as professionals and have committed to a Keychange pledge as well as specific learning session for Women in Jazz.
If you would like to help us in our aims, or if you had trouble with any part of our statement, please get in touch. We’d like to hear from you in any of the following ways: