“Thank you for such a great experience at Paros, I will never forget the atmosphere. I have come away with a deeper concept of music and life and have made many new friends from around the globe.”   Tom Neale, saxophone student PJA  July 2011 

I was collaborating with a well known Jazz music foundation to organize a Jazz Summer School on Paros island Greece, trying to build up on event driven tourism, as Paros is just such a great destination!  I had the idea of a “music village “ and had set everything in my mind to make this dream happen in Lefkes village, an ideal traditional picturesque village on the top of a hill with fantastic views. My work field as a travel agent would involve mostly taking care of all the organizational bits and pieces.

When this collaboration failed due to different reasons, only four months before the event was to be presented, I found myself in a very difficult situation of either trying to find another partner and continue or to quitting the whole idea. I decided to give it a try and had sent an SOS Facebook message to a very kind French musician and also double bass teacher at the Paris National Conservatory of Region, whom I had never met, but he had offered me some time ago his help, after he had seen my FB promotion campaign for the Jazz project then. He is connected to Paros as he owns a house in Naoussa.

From this Facebook link exchange Marc Buronfosse, became my partner in the creation of a fantastic music project on Paros island which is unique in Greece, the Paros Jazz Academy and Festival. For the moment there isn’t any other International Jazz Summer School in Greece.

It is an intensive 5 day Jazz music workshop. The experienced teachers and artists are all with international backgrounds and people come from all over the world to participate. We also organize a Jazz Festival with concerts around the island that attract visitors to Paros.

The feedback we’ve had summarizes the concept of the Paros Jazz Academy  “Thank you for such a great experience at Paros, I will never forget the atmosphere. I have come away with a deeper concept of music and life and have made many new friends from around the globe.”

We collaborate with the local Cultural associations/institutions on Paros for presenting our concerts eg.the Environmental and Cultural Park of Paros. We also promote the Parian culture by presenting a Jazz and Parian poetry concert every year in Lefkes village. It is in our ambition to establish a poetry competition by engaging the schools and students of Paros to write poetry for this event. M. Christos Georgousis, a well known writer and poet on Paros is leading this project and already this summer we will be presenting some of the students’ poems in our event. The Jazz composition class students will compose music for the poems presented.

We started from scratch to create a sustainable and cultural tourism product that attracts quality tourism on Paros island and we have accomplished it by using the existing infrastructure facilities of the island eg. the community of Paros is supporting us by providing the School buildings of Lefkes for the lessons, and there are many lovely hotels and local restaurants we collaborate with.

www.parosjazzacademy, www.jazzfestivalparos.wordpress.com

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Με ιδιαίτερη χαρά σας ανακοινώνουμε την διοργάνωση του 1ου Φεστιβάλ Ελληνικών Τουριστικών Προορισμών, Παράδοσης & Παραδοσιακών Προϊόντων (τροφίμων, ποτών, ειδών λαϊκής τέχνης) που θα πραγματοποιηθεί στον εξωτερικό χώρο του Ζάππειο μεγάρου στις 8 έως και 10 Ιουνίου 2012.

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