Canary Island Jazz Festival launch spices up Canary Islands holidays
Wednesday 30, June 2010
The 2010 Canary Island Jazz Festival launches in two weeks, bringing the sax to the sunny Canary Islands.
The countdown has begun for the 18th annual Canary Island Jazz Festival, the cultural highlight in the Canary Island calendar. Having started life in Gran Canaria in 1992, the festival now runs from the 9th to the 18th of July, taking in venues across Tenerife, Lanzarote, Gran Canaria, La Palma and Fuerteventura.
Those who’ve booked Canary Islands holidays this summer can rejoice, this year the festival line-up is packed with loads of international jazz talent, from Grammy-Award winning Beninoise chanteuse Angelique Kidjo playing at Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife on the 14th of July and Las Palmas, Gran Canaria on the 15th, to the Michael Zenon quartet lighting up the Plaza de Espana in La Palma on the 11th July. Even soul legend Dee Dee Bridgewater is making a rare appearance, performing the songs of Billy Holiday at the Auditorio de Tenerife Sala Sinfonica and Gran Canaria's Teatro Cuyas on 12th and 13th July.
Worried that you might miss something simply because you’re based on one island? Don’t be – the artists are jumping all over the Canary Islands during the festival, so you won’t miss a thing. If you like your luxury 5 star holidays, you could do worse by taking in the Jazz Festival this season.
“As someone who’s had the pleasure of actually attending the Jazz Festival, I can confirm it’s an absolutely fantastic event, whether you’re a jazz fan or not,” says Richard Bray of popular travel portal Travelmatch. “There’s no better feeling than watching a bit of world-class jazz as the sun sets, sipping on a cocktail.”
“Many Canary Island holidaymakers just stumble upon the festival by accident,” continues Bray. “I bet if more people knew it was there, we’d see a lot more bookings for Canary Island holidays for this time of year.”
Travelmatch currently offers a range of cut-rate holidays to the Canary Islands from Cosmos holidays, the UK’s largest independent tour operator, with prices starting as low as £191.50 per person. So really, jazz fans have no excuse to treat themselves to a bit of sun and sax this summer.
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