Tuesday, November 18, 2008

EDGE 08 FESTIVAL "THE FREEDOM PRINCIPLE"

Here's one of the things I have been involved with the EDGE 08 Festival events came about through bumping into Paul Bradshaw of the magazine "Straight no Chaser" one day. Chatting in general having a catch up when the conversation turned to the London Jazz Festival,this led to us comparing notes on stuff that would give the Festival a different slant, we then hit on the idea
of putting together a Fringe to the main Festival.
Well certainly easier said than done as it was the end of August which was already far too late to organise getting any Arts funding or Promoting something that would be more than just one event and happening at the start of November! However the feedback that we received from everyone we put the idea to was overwhelmingly positive.This included a mouthwatering and quite humbling line up of Musicians,Artist,filmmakers,Photographers,Venues and Media volunteering their services to the Fringe angle of the main festival!
We somehow managed to pull together a programme that included the European Premiere of two fantastic documentaries "4 Hands" featuring Cecil Taylor the amazing Pianist and his equally brilliant Japanese counterpart Yosuke Yamashita in a first ever meeting of these two masters of the Piano.The Director Yasuhiko Shirai even offered to fly himself and his lovely wife over to London for the screening and it wasn't just words they actually did! A real honour for us as the world premier was screened at the Lincoln centre New York which is very different from Bethnal Green in the East end of London!
Anyway I will post beneath this a schedule of the events we have left and hope to see some of you at the events!

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