Successful injazz online edition!

26 June 2020

This year’s alternative edition of inJazz was a great success! With over 300 international attendees for the conference, ‘sold out’ panel sessions, the announcement of the Buma Boy Edgar Prize 2020 winner and innumerable viewers of our festival livestream and pre-recorded videos. inJazz organized its first ever online conference and festival on Thursday 25 and Friday 26 June.

Online conference with 300+ attendees
General director Ikaros van Duppen: “When it comes to the conference, the matchmaking sessions are by far my favourite part. Meeting new people and sharing our passion for jazz. This year, we have facilitated 140 online one-on-one sessions. For many it’s the perfect opportunity to get to speak that busy and sought-after music professional.” Conference programmer Mark van Schaick: “With inJazz we’ve built up a nice international network in recent years, but it still surprised us how well the online conference has been picked up. The international panels on the consequences of covid-19 in Europe, and how clubs and festivals deal with audience expectations, were very well attended. The panels with practical explanations about copyright issues in live streaming or the subsidy schemes of Dutch Performing Arts were just as packed. There is a need to get together, to see others, even online, if necessary. And whoever registered could easily make contacts, that must have played a part as well.”

Amazing online festival
inJazz took the plunge and hosted its festival online as well. Showcases by Dutch jazz artists were broadcast live from Holland’s leading jazz venues LantarenVenster and BIMHUIS. Two nights long, innumerable music lovers from all over the world tuned in and enjoyed live music from Holland’s finest. Next to the livestream, inJazz offered pre-recorded and on demand shows by European jazz acts. All recommended to inJazz by other international and leading organizations. A wonderful online line-up!

Ack van Rooyen wins the Buma Boy Edgar Prize 2020
The Buma Boy Edgar Prize, the most prestigious award for jazz and improvised music in the Netherlands, has been awarded to legendary flugelhorn and trumpet player Ack van Rooyen. The news was announced at the end of the online inJazz conference, broadcast live from LantarenVenster on Ack van Rooyen (The Hague, 1930) truly is the embodiment of Holland’s colourful jazz history.Congratulations to mister Van Rooyen!

inJazz 2021
The organization of inJazz is already looking forward to 2021. General director Ikaros van Duppen: “As times are uncertain, we’re not sure if the next edition will be held online or offline. Perhaps it will be a combination of both, but hopefully we’ll meet each other again next year, in real life in Rotterdam. Stay healthy, stay safe and keep listening to jazz!”

Photo: Kika Sprangers Quintet – by Eric van Nieuwland