WHO IS PACT?
The Prince Albert Community Trust (PACT) is a non-profit and public benefit organisation based in the municipal district of Prince Albert.
Our vision is to develop and empower confident and capable young people using education, creative arts and micro-enterprise – spanning from early childhood development (ECD) to the world of work. Journey to Jazz is one of our showcase events and provides an opportunity for youth to be trained and gain practical experience in all aspects of hosting a festival, including event management, sound and stage management, media and marketing, music production etc. The festival also acts as a fundraiser for PACT to broaden its ambit and positive impact on the communities of Prince Albert, Leeu Gamka and Klaarstroom.
“My colleague Diane and I had an extraordinary time at the #JourneyToJazz festival in Prince Albert. Well done to PACT, it’s founder Ingrid Wolfaardt, Brenda Sisane the fantastic young leaders of PACT, Prince Albert village and all collaborators. The music!” Professor Thuli Madonsela, PACT Patron
BUILDING LEADERS FOR THE FUTURE
WHAT PACT DOES
INTRODUCING JOURNEY TO JAZZ
The ‘Prince Albert Journey to Jazz’ is a bespoke, intimate festival and a vehicle for social justice in the Karoo.
At the foothills of the Swartberg Mountains, a UNESCO World Heritage site, PACT uses the genre of jazz to enact social change. The festival offers a week of music, masterclasses, food, story- telling, art and nature-based activities, within which Prince Albert welcomes a local and global audience, living up to its maxim “Groet is ‘n Moet”.
Journey to Jazz is conceptualized and produced by PACT and 80 young crew members supported by a curated group of experts within PACT’s community of practice. The festival is actively disrupting the economy of Prince Albert and changing the trajectory of young lives. This happens through local and international collaborations and exchanges on multiple levels from music to micro-enterprise and leadership development.
As the heartbeat of the Karoo, the festival’s vision is putting Prince Albert on the map as a world class music and events destination, in a town that works cohesively.
YOUTH DEVELOPMENT MODEL
HOW PACT WORKS
JOURNEY TO JAZZ 2023: 3-7 MAY
Kritikom Koppie Quarry
Ramon Alexander and the Maties
Kyle Shepherd Trio
HIGHLIGHT COMMUNITY EVENTS
Prince Albert Weekend Market
A night at the museum
Camping under the stars
Cycling Prince Albert
JOURNEY TO JAZZ 2023 IMPACT
JOURNEY TO JAZZ 2024 GOALS
Building on the success of the inaugural event and encouraged by the enthusiastic requests from attendees and towns folk for more, next year’s festival will embed its charming offering.
CONTINUING TO TRAIN AND SUPPORT YOUTH OF THE AREA, AND AN EXTENDED INCOME GENERATOR FOR LOCAL BUSINESSES, JOURNEY TO JAZZ AIMS TO:
- Use the festival to create on-the-job training and work opportunities for the youth crew throughout the year (journalism, PR, hospitality, research, compliance, marketing, web development etc.)
- Expand the master class programme and build on the Musical Awareness and Appreciation programme.
- Create a range of locally designed and manufactured branded merchandise for sale in Prince Albert, online and at the event.
IN THE RUN UP TO THE EVENT:
- Continue to build collaboration with Prince Albert tourism, the municipality, local business and all stakeholders and work to cohesively grow the local economy to create more income opportunities.
- Collaborate with municipality to develop environmental strategy and institute policy to encourage mindful environmental practices such as the inclusion of a solar powered stage, a green waste management plan and expanding cycling routes and e-transport.
JOURNEY TO JAZZ PARTNERS
“The Journey to Jazz has made an important contribution to the arts and culture environment in our province. We believe it can be an important tool for helping us to reach our youth and to offer them renewed hope for the future. This festival is also an important economic investment in the local area, as it brings increased tourism and creates jobs for local people. We are excited to see this festival growing in the future.”
Anroux Marais, Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport