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The Polish Jazz Association Wroclaw is a non-governmental organization operating as a community of creators, organizers, journalists and jazz enthusiasts. The mission of the group is to act for the development of society in the cultural and educational areas at the local, regional, national and European level.

This is carried out through a number of activities, the creation and implementation of artistic and educational programs, the organization and co-organization of events: concerts, festivals, competitions, training sessions and workshops. The association creates a space for cooperation between artists and music recipients. It supports bottom-up artistic activities, cooperates with institutions and local government units in order to implement a coherent, long-term cultural policy for the city and the region. It also cooperates with cultural institutions and non-governmental organizations in the region and collaborates with art academies in Wroclaw, co-creating and implementing educational programs and interdisciplinary artistic projects.

The association works for cultural events by building an audience, developing its own news channels and collaborating with the media. It also enjoys cooperation with the social, economic and educational environment.

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History of Wroclaw jazz

The Polish Jazz Association in Wroclaw was established in 1976 as a branch of the Polish Jazz Association with the Main Board in Warsaw. A thriving and dynamically developing music environment needed an institution supporting artistic initiatives, helping efficient management in the organization of concerts, promotion and phonographic activities. Before the Wroclaw branch of PJA was established, artists and bands were active at PJA Warsaw and Kraków branches. The first seat of the Board of PJA Wroclaw branch was the Palacyk Students’ Club, but thanks to the efforts of the Board of PJA, the Wroclaw City Hall handed over the premises at 4 Łazienna Street (Rura Jazz club). PJA Wroclaw operated at this address from 1978 to 2011.

In the first five years, the Wroclaw branch of PJA developed extremely dynamically, becoming the most active, bringing most remarkable profits, a model branch that it was, with its own concert office, jazz club, its own local division in Kalisz and an impressive number of cooperating jazz bands and artists.

Since its inception, PJA Wroclaw has been a part of the history and development of the city’s culture by organizing cultural events, festivals, concerts and workshops. The most important of them is the Jazz on the Odra Festival – in cooperation with the Association of Polish Students, and in later years in cooperation with the Jazz on the Odra Foundation. PJA brought to life and organized its own festivals, including Jazz Tour – a travelling festival, with concerts in the main cities of Lower Silesia, and in subsequent editions also in Poznan, Szczecin, Zielona Gora and Gorzow Wielkopolski), Wroclaw All Soul’s Day Jazz Festival, Wroclaw Jazz Festival and Rura Jazz Festival.

Thanks to PJA Wroclaw, a local branch in Kalisz, the first editions of the Jazz Pianists Competition were organized, initially the local festival became a renowned International Jazz Pianists Festival, also with an international competition. The list of these noble achievements is closed by countless concerts, incl. a series of Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts and Jazz Workshops. In the first decade of the 2000s, the Association was transformed into a Public Benefit Organization and significantly limited its activities, in the end becoming dissolved.

History of PJAW

The Polish Jazz Association Wroclaw is the heir and continuator of the tradition of Wroclaw jazz.

On June 24, 2014, by the decision of the General Founding Meeting of PJA Members, a new independent Polish Jazz Association Wroclaw (PJAW) is established – a new non-governmental organization operating as a community of creators, organizers, journalists and jazz enthusiasts. PJAW’s mission is to act for the development of society in the cultural and educational areas at the local, regional, national and European level. It carries out its mission through a number of artistic and educational programs. It constantly develops cooperation with cultural institutions and non-governmental organizations in the region, as well as with institutions and local government units, in order to implement a coherent, long-term cultural policy for the city and the region. It also supports grass-roots artistic activities.

PJAW cooperates with art academies in Wroclaw, co-creating and implementing educational programs and interdisciplinary artistic projects. It works for creators and performers by building an audience, developing its own news channels and collaborating with the media, it also expands cooperation to the social, economic and educational environment. At present, the seat of the association is the Liverpool Music Club located in Wroclaw at Świdnicka 37, where live jazz and blues music events take place regularly. The association operates in Wroclaw and the region, organizing and co-organizing musical and educational initiatives, including festivals, concerts, workshops, and lectures with the participation of artists from Poland and Europe. In 2017, it established the Bass and Beat Festival – an international music event that has managed to fit into the cultural space of the city to this day. PJAW also conducts integration activities of the Wroclaw community by organizing concerts, jam sessions and occasional meetings at the Liverpool music club. From 2020, PJAW is the content and organizational partner of RCK Pro Jazz Festival in Kołobrzeg.

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