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Jazz festival in Barcelona awarded its gold medal to entrepreneur George Wein

The ‘Voll-Damm Barcelona International Jazz Festival’ gave its gold medal to George Wein, a prominent jazz promoter from America. Wein received the award on the main stage of the Newport Festival in the United States in front of an audience of 7,000 people. Wein recognised the uniqueness of Barcelona’s jazz festival.


06 August 2012 10:11 PM


ACN / Clara Roig Medina / David Tuxworth

Barcelona (ACN).- The Artistic Director of the \u2018Voll-Damm Barcelona International Jazz Festival\u2019, Joan Anton Cararach, gave the festival\u2019s Gold Medal to George Wein, the founder and organiser of the Newsport Jazz Festival, held in this American city since 1954. The award was presented on Newport Festival\u2019s main stage, in front of 7,000 spectators waiting for the last performances of the day by Dianne Reeves and Pat Metheny. Cararach, said that \u201CNewport is the grandfather of all the festivals, but still maintains a huge influence\u201D, and Wein recognised the uniqueness of Barcelona\u2019s jazz festival and the effort made by its organising company, The Projects.

Wein paid tribute to the jazz festival in Barcelona, recalling his first visit to the city: \u201CIt had nothing to do with what it is now, but it had the unique spirit of promoting the best jazz, as it continues to do\u201D. He also spoke of Barcelona festival\u2019s organising company , The Project, who according to Wein is \u201Ccurrently struggling with a situation that we can\u2019t believe is true\u201D, making reference to the Spanish Government\u2019s increase of VAT for cultural services and activities.


  • Joan Anton Cararach (left) and George Wein (right) (by Doug Mason)

  • Joan Anton Cararach (left) and George Wein (right) (by Doug Mason)