EJN Staff Exchange Programme

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Previous participant: Daniela Neumayer

From: International JazzFestival Saalfelden (Austria)
To: Tampere Jazz Happening (Finland)
28 October - 05 November 2018

After Katariina Pasuri (Press Officer of Tampere Jazz Happening) was part of our staff at the Jazzfestival Saalfelden at the end of August, now was the time to join my staff exchange in Finland. On October 28th i went from Salzburg via Frankfurt to Helsinki. From there it was a 2-hour trip by car to Tampere.

During the following week, I met each of the divisional managers and, of course, Minnakaisa Kuivalainen, the executive director of the Festival. Even if she had a lot to do this week, she patiently took time to talk with me about budgets, sponsorships and other various things regarding the festival. I already knew the program manager Juhamatti Kaupinnen, since he visited our Jazzfestival Saalfelden several times before. The entire organization team was very helpful and patiently answered all my questions. Even the last team meeting on thursday was held in english, so I was able to understand what they were talking about.

The Tampere Jazz Happening also invited some journalists and organizers of others festivals and organized an own program for these guests. Sometimes I took part in those evening get-togethers – it was a great pleasure for me to make new acquaintances in the jazz scene, but there were also many familiar guests, who visit our festival annually. The highlight of this program was definitely the sauna by the lake. The hot sauna and the 4 degrees cold lake were a great experience! 

I have seen some things this week we may be able to implement and improve at our festival in the future. This exchange program is a great way to learn from each other. Thank you for allowing me to participate!