Irish jazz festival ‘12 Points’ wins European Award
Innovative Irish jazz festival 12 Points was presented with the inaugural award for Adventurous Programming by Europe Jazz Network at the Jazzahead! Expo in Bremen, Germany last weekend, on 22nd April 2012.
12 Points annually presents young, creative artists in jazz and related music from across Europe. A unique nomadic festival, it is at home in Dublin every second year, and takes temporary residence in other vibrant European cities on alternate years. Presenting young musicians from twelve European countries, the 2012 festival took place in February in Porto, Portugal, and will return to Dublin in February 2013.
Artistic Director Gerry Godley of Improvised Music Company, Dublin accepted the award with gratitude, citing the 12 Points ethos of “the importance of believing in a generation of young artists”.
The Europe Jazz Network jury reached a unanimous decision, praising 12 Points for “making a huge contribution to jazz music throughout Europe with a unique, forward-looking concept”.
Europe Jazz Network (EJN) is a Europe-wide association of producers, presenters and supporting organisations specialsing in creative music, contemporary jazz and improvised music created from a distinctly European perspective. The membership includes 80 organisations in 26 countries.