Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival 2013 includes the Festival Carnival and the Mardi Gras
The programme for the 2013 Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival has been announced with tickets already on sale.
Brand new Festival elements this year include Cross the Tracks, a new strand that throws the spotlight on contemporary, underground music influenced by jazz. Participating artists include Hidden Orchestra, Submotion Orchestra and Ghostpoet. Plus the Tron Kirk will transform into a new ‘Festival hub’ – a club that will open at 10am and run through to late evening with a grand array of performers from contemporary jazz via Edinburgh heroes to vintage jazz.
Featuring 146 concerts, performers from six continents and live music over 10 days, the Jazz and Blues Festival asks audiences to come along and start their Edinburgh Festival party in style!
Free events suitable for all the family
Saturday 20th July 2013 sees the annual Mardi Gras in the Grassmarket take place. The historic heart of Edinburgh will become a mini New Orleans for the afternoon.
In the Grassmarket a host of bands, stages, brollie dollies and a mix of visiting and local musicians create non stop entertainment and a party atmosphere. This year’s musical line up includes: Shreveport Rhythm, Horndog Brass Band, The Rae Brothers, The California Honeydrops, SZK Sizhukong Vieux Carre Jazzmen, Lights Out By Nine, Al Hughes. And of course the Mardi stalwarts, the Criterion Parade Band.
Starts at 1pm. We’ll add further details and times of the start of the parade we get them.
Edinburgh Festival Carnival
Sunday 21 July 2013 The Edinburgh Festival Carnival returns this year after its popular 2012 debut. Music, dance, costumes, and street entertainment in all shapes, sizes, and sounds on Princes Street and in Princes Street Gardens from 2pm – 4pm. The event is free.
Over 35 acts, with a total of over 400 performers, from the West Indies (Martinique and Trinidad and Tobago); the South Indian Ocean (Réunion); China; all across Europe (Hungary, France, Italy, Holland, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Spain); and from Scotland and the rest of the UK will come together to create a vibrant international Carnival party.
This year, audiences will be free to promenade around Princes Street (between South Charlotte Street and the Mound) and all over West Princes Street Gardens, enjoying a wide range of staged performances and impromptu shows. Programmes will be available – in print and online – with details of acts, times and locations.
There will be a family area in the West End of Princes Street Gardens, featuring the ‘Big Red Bus’, with its highly popular storytelling workshops and face painting.
At the Ross Bandstand, there will be seating available to relax and enjoy an eclectic mix of international music and dance acts.
Amongst the acts participating are the Paris Opera Children’s Choir, the Beijing Golden Sail Dance Troupe; Always Drinking Marching Band from Barcelona; Gwanaval from Martinique; The Country Boys from Trinidad; Funky Style Brass from the south of France; The Airborne Academy from England; the drummers and dancers of Kalentura and the spectacular break dancers of Got Skills from Holland; the rappers and urban dancers of JFC from Germany; the drums and pipes of Bombarda from Portugal; and many, many more.
As with last year, there will be a host of characterful Carnival costumes to delight audiences. The organisers are recruiting people who would like to be part of the costume-wearing extravaganza. This is a great family opportunity to be a core part of the carnival spirit. Interested groups or individuals should contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jazz Alfresco in the Grassmarket
Also on Sunday 21 July 2013 is the Jazz Alfresco event. Running simultaneously in the Grassmarket you can spend a lazy afternoon in the Grassmarket visiting the designer boutiques or sampling the wards of the superb hostelries. Live jazz from Al’s Dixie Palz and The Foo Birds provide the soundtrack for the afternoon from a stage in the centre of the Grassmarket.
Further information can also be found on the Edinburgh Jazz and Blues festival website.