The Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival, celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2017, is delighted to announce that it has forged a link with the Caribbean island of Saint Lucia, home to the internationally acclaimed Saint Lucia Jazz Festival. Specially selected jazz musicians from the island will play at this year’s Festival. There are also plans to offer St Lucian food, rum cocktails and an exhibition of work by the island’s artists in the Elizabethan stately home.
The Jazz & Blues Festival is held at Burton Agnes Hall, East Yorkshire, home to the Hull UK City of Culture 2017 celebrations.
‘I was keen to do something special and different to celebrate our tenth anniversary, and to present some unique cultural activities amongst the Hull City of Culture events.’ explains festival organiser, Simon Cunliffe-Lister. ‘I am proud to have this exciting and vibrant addition to our well established festival, and to provide an opportunity for these talented St Lucian musicians to come to the UK and participate in a much-loved festival.’
Through the UK Caribbean Chamber of Commerce, Simon was able to build a relationship with Saint Lucia. The island state was looking for a platform to showcase its rich and diverse culture in the UK. Simon travelled to Saint Lucia in March to audition bands for the festival. Simon also forged plans to bring Saint Lucian chefs and Saint Lucian rum cocktails to his festival, along with an exhibition of work by the island’s artists.
The four bands selected in March are Dynamix, a vibrant young saxophone led quartet; the soulful and sophisticated singer Chrycee; St Lucian gem and household name, Claudia; and jazz guitarist Rupert Lay, who leads a jazz quartet that includes the quintessentially Caribbean steel pans.
Burton Agnes Jazz & Blues Festival
Burton Agnes Hall, Driffield, YO25 4NB
30th June – July 2nd 2017
Visit www.burtonagnes.com/Jazz_Festival/Line_Up.html for all festival information and to be kept up to date.
Tickets for the full weekend along with day and evening only tickets are available, still at early bird discounted prices, from the Burton Agnes Hall website:
You can also buy tickets by phoning the estate office weekdays 9am to 5pm on
01262 490 324 or by visiting Burton Agnes Hall and its courtyard shops.