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An Important Announcement 01 Jan 1970

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Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival / Edinburgh Festival Carnival will not go ahead due to the Covid-19 Pandemic

First, and most importantly, all of us at Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival hope this message finds you and your loved ones well. 

 We care deeply about the health and wellbeing of our audiences, musicians and staff, and we have of course been monitoring the Coronavirus situation closely over the last few weeks by following government, NHS and Public Health Scotland advice, and are continually reviewing our position as an organisation. 

 With this in mind we will not be presenting the 43rd edition of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival in July. We will also not present the 9th Edinburgh Festival Carnival

We are rescheduled our concerts by Jools Holland and Curtis Stigers to July 2021– tickets remain valid or refunds can be claimed. Ticket holders will receive an email directly from Festival Theatre box-office. If you are happy to keep your tickets for 2021, you don’t need to do a thing

Chair of Edinburgh Jazz & Blues Festival, Councillor Jason Rust said “The last few weeks have reinforced to me how special live music is, from intimate gigs to great sonic adventures. The sense of community that live music creates is special too as audiences unite with musicians to share a moment

“I believe music can continue to unite us and bring joy in these worrying times, and we are working on how we can still share that with you in the coming weeks via our online platforms.  Our staff are unearthing interesting footage and content to share and working with closely with Scottish musicians to bring you new digital content which is an artistic response to the times.

“The Board of Directors would like to pay tribute to the hard work of the Edinburgh Jazz & Blues team in developing this programme and to the many artists who were due to be involved in delivering the Festival

"Starting on Wednesday 22nd April, we will be sharing the footage of the Scottish Blues Weekend that happened in February – please do tune in, enjoy and support Scottish musicians whose livelihoods have been severely impacted due to the lack of live events.

For musicians we are continuing our education classes online: The Edinburgh Blues Academy, The Edinburgh Jazz School and the Gorgie Dalry Jam. For those of you who want to keep the spirit of Carnival alive, we will be running online percussion and dance workshops

“As soon as we are able and it is determined safe to do, we will be back presenting live concerts.

“In closing, we’d like to thank our funders, partners, participants and audiences for their loyalty, support and understanding.

"Plesae keep in touch with us on social media to find out what's hot in the jazz, blues and carnival worlds: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube". 

Best wishes - from all of the EJBF team

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