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University stages free family jazz events

​From mini golf to musical instrument making, university students are holding a series of pop-up events at this year’s Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

Events Management students will be hosting a series of free family-friendly events in Montpellier Gardens from 10am-3pm Monday 7 May. The pop-up events will offer families a range of activities including mini golf, a make your own musical instrument workshop, an under the sea adventure, treasure trail and jungle den.

Popular music students will also take to the stage to perform at different venues throughout the town. These free sessions will feature six acts from the university including Demi Marriner who was previously number one in the iTunes Country album charts and Jack Cooper who was recently announced as part of the 2000trees festival line-up.

Media students will also be supporting the festival team by creating a pop-up TV Station, taking a live feed from the Freestage on Friday 4 May. Expanding the fringe beyond its geographical audience and broadcasting in 360 allowing viewers to ‘stand onstage’ at the festival for the first time.

Clair Greenaway, Course Leader for Events Management, said: “The Pop Up Project has been the focus of our partnership with Cheltenham Jazz Festival this year but, more than that, it has created a fantastic opportunity for Events Management students to create imaginative and intriguing interactive experiences for hundreds of Festival attendees to enjoy.”

The Cheltenham Jazz Festival takes place from 2 May to 7 May and includes over 50 live jazz, world, blues and soul gigs.