"Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life."
- Art Blakey
OUR PILOT VILLAGE
Overseas visitors to Manly and temporary residents often ask locals where they can go for entertainment after 9pm… sadly, the answer is usually “home”. Our aim is to create a safe location where people of all ages can gather to be happy and experience a range of cultural attractions.
JAZZ VILLAGE IN MANLY
Over the October long weekend each year, Manly hosts a major International Jazz Festival that attracts more than 100,000 music fans - 60% of those, local residents! The remainder are visitors attracted to our seaside village by the music. Looking down the famous Corso on Festival weekend, there’s just a sea of people. The energy is amazing. It’s a taste of what Manly can be truly like.
And yet, given the seaside village has been hosting one of the biggest Jazz Festivals in the country every year for 40 years, it’s strange that for the other 11 months, there’s so little live music on offer.
Once the Festival’s over, a new week begins… and when that happens and the sun goes down, the village closes down. And so does the local economy. Overseas visitors to Manly and temporary residents often ask locals where they can go for entertainment after 9pm… sadly, the answer is usually “home”.
That’s why we’re starting on the northern beaches, in another village that reminds Heather of Greenwich. “Manly has all the makings of a Southern Hemisphere Greenwich Village,” says Heather. “While one draws its vibe from the city and the other the ocean, both have the feel of a Bohemian enclave where people explore unconventional lifestyles.
“Manly has that same chilled culture, mixed with a passion for enjoying the finest life has to offer… and it’s full of cafe loving, animal friendly, festival celebrating, connoisseurs of living. It’s the perfect place to launch Jazz Village. I honestly believe that Manly can become ‘the Jazz Capital of Australia’, attracting talent of all ages to come and indulge in community bliss.”
Currently ‘our village’ has ‘a certain reputation’ on Friday and Saturday nights, (however over-dramatised). Our aim is to evolve that culture, starting earlier in the week on Wednesday and Thursday nights – the key ‘discovery’ nights back in Greenwich Village.
- We’ll work with Council to ease restrictions on busking so that on those nights, music fills the laneways as the sun sets.
- We’ll work with venues to provide top quality music that attracts true fans into the night.
- We’ll work with transport providers, police, town planners and developers.
- We’ll create a safe location where people of all ages can gather to be happy and experience a range of cultural attractions – live music yes, but also dance, street art, theatre, magic and more.
A CULTURAL COLLABORATION
Jazz Village aims to create a hub for discovering talent and sharing life experiences that will be remembered by those who live locally and by visitors who’ll return home to relate their experiences to friends and family overseas. We’re creating village communities that support both emerging and established talent, in a city famous for producing world class musicians, actors, artists and writers. And we’re starting by ‘jazzing up’ Manly. We’re seeking the support of:
- Local Councils that could relax closing times and busking permits so laneways throughout their suburbs could hum with new life
- Local venues to host emerging musicians mid-week
- Colleges and Unis. that could give their marketing, business and event management students real life experience by being part of Jazz Village;
- Business owners with a spare wall that could be offered to young artists to create quality works of art
- Residents and visitors alike to embrace and support this new burst of culture and support the local businesses now able to open after dark
- Transport providers, town planners, the police, developers and more
It needs to be a collaboration… a cultural collaboration. And if we can make that happen, we will show people at a national and international level, just what Sydney is capable of achieving. And the benefits to our villages will be immense.