EJC2024: Programme outline

You can check out here a map of the main Conference locations.

Thursday, 12 September 2024

Ha Concerts


14:30 - Registrations for EJN members
15:30 - 15:45 Opening & welcome of EJN members
15:45 - 17:30 Group discussion on the future strategy of the network & presentation of EJN activities
17:30 - 17:45 Coffee break
20:00 - 00:40 YOUNG CURATORS programme at De Centrale (more info TBA)
23:00 - 01:00 FRINGE concerts in five clubs around the city (two sets each):
1- Club Telex: Fnussjen
2- Trefpunt: Camille-Alban Spreng’s ODIL feat. Nina Kortekaas
3- Hot Club Gent:  Karen Willems ‘Terre Sol Four’
4- Missy Sippy: Le Monde Merveilleux de Pépito
5- Bar Lume: Black Flower


Friday, 13 September 2024

De Bijloke


09:30 - Registrations for everybody
10:30 - 11:00 Official opening & welcome speeches
11:00 - 11:45 KEYNOTE SPEECH: Lisette Ma Neza (BE)
Lisette Ma Neza, at 25, is a Vice-World Champion slam poet (Flup, Rio de Janeiro) and songwriter. With roots in Rwanda, she is the current city poet of the city of Brussels, writes newspaper columns, and works across theatre and music.
12:00 - 12:30 SHOWCASE: Eve Beuvens ‘Lysis’
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:30 - 15:00 SHOWCASE: Wajdi Riahi Trio
15:15 - 17:15 Five parallel DISCUSSION GROUPS on the Conference theme:
#1 - The future is green
This discussion group will focus on eco-anxiety among young musicians who are questioning pursuing their careers in the face of the climate crisis and are concerned about their future in the music sector. How can we support them positively while working together to create a more sustainable music industry?
#2 - The invisible hand
Can AI help the work of a music programmer? Artificial intelligence-based tools are quickly becoming part of our everyday life, and it is easy to be confused or intimidated by them. There have been attempts to use some of these tools to help with festival programming, administration and project planning, resulting in increased capacity and reduced workloads. Is this something we can explore for our sector?
#3 - Nice work if you can get it
What are the opportunities and restrictions the young workforce see when thinking about career opportunities in our sector? How are roles changing? What are the needs and expectations of the next generation of programmers, directors, managers and leaders, and the barriers they face? We often work long and extra hours at the expense of our work-life balance: should this be acceptable?
#4 - Curating for all
How can we ensure that our audiences include both younger and older generations? Building our audience of the future isn’t only about concerts for children and families, it’s about programming with an intergenerational approach, presenting projects that involve and appeal to both young and old. By exploring new formats and innovative ways of presenting and producing creative music, we can enrich the world of music available to children and young people.
#5 - Tell me a (new) story
How can we communicate jazz and creative music to a young audience? Do we need to rethink the way we tell the story? Is the poster with the saxophone still the best choice? What can we do to communicate in a way that resonates with the younger generation? How can we find new ways to connect with them and what types of content will appeal to them?
17:30 - 18:00 SHOWCASE: Donder
18:00 - 19:00 Free time / networking
18:00 - Late registrations at Ha Concerts
19:00 - 21:00 Dinner at Sint Pietersabdij
21:30 - 22:00 SHOWCASE at Ha Concerts: GingerBlackGinger 

22:15 - 22:45 SHOWCASE at Ha Concerts: Julien Tassin Quartet
23:00 - 01:00 FRINGE concerts in five clubs around the city (two sets each):
1- Club Telex: MDCIII
2- Trefpunt: Vitja Pauwels’ Early Life Forms
3- Hot Club Gent: Under the Reefs Orchestra
3- Missy Sippy: NΔBOU
4- Bar Lume: Aleph Quintet


Saturday, 14  September 2024

De Bijloke


10:00 - Registrations for everybody
10:30 - 11:30 PLENARY PANEL DEBATE: Tomorrow comes Today
During the debate we will hear from young people about their concerns on the future of our planet, and our music ecosystem. The looming environmental crisis is self-evident, and social and economic disparities are growing within our societies in Europe, where young people, especially from disadvantaged backgrounds, struggle to find their place. The creative music sector cannot exist in isolation, and young musicians are confronted with these challenges when thinking about their future career. The panel will bring together the perspectives of activists, youth workers and young artists to discuss possible solutions that address these challenges towards a more just, sustainable and inclusive future. 
11:30 - 12:15 Celebration of EJN Awards & ZENITH AWARD 2024 concert: Liv Andrea Hauge Trio (NO)
12:15 - 12:30 Group photo
12:30 - 14:00 Lunch
14:30 - 15:00 SHOWCASE: AKI
15:15 - 16:15 Wrap-up & presentation of the European Jazz Conference 2025
16:15 - 16:45 SHOWCASE: Orchestra Nazionale della Luna
17:00 - 18:30 Free time / Networking
18:30 - 20:30 Dinner at Sint Pietersabdij
21:00 - 21:30 SHOWCASE at Ha Concerts: De Beren Gieren
21:30 - 22:00 SHOWCASE at Ha Concerts: Stéphane Galland & The Rhythm Hunters
22:30 - 01:00 SPECIAL IMMERSIVE CONCERT at Wintercircus (+ afterparty): schntzl 

Sunday, 15 September 2024

10:30 - Cultural tours & activities
The Conference hosts are organising multiple exciting cultural tours in Ghent on Sunday, the 15th of September! Extend your stay and immerse yourself in another full day brimming with music, culture and unforgettable moments. Don't miss out!