|The 2013 Ealing Jazz Festival. Photo: Ealing Summer Festivals|
I have been approached by a number of people who are extremely concerned that decisions which will "decimate" one of London's most popular summer festivals, and certainly one of the closest to the jazz community, the Ealing Jazz Festival in Walpole Park.
At the root of the concerns are the involvement of a company called The Event Umbrella (TEU), based in Whitstable in Kent which has taken an increasing role in the summer festivals run by Ealing Council, and is proposing - from the information I am being given - to cut the festival down to two days, to take over the programming of the jazz festival, and (somehow?) to absorb the financial risk of the festival. The company itself does not currently have a functioning website, it is exempt from filing proper accounts and appears to have minimal assets, but there is some detail about it HERE.
There is a petition giving more information HERE which has just reached 1000 signatures.