The Urban Institute is partnering with universities across Europe in a cutting-edge collaboration between the arts and humanities and social sciences, funded by the JPI Heritage Plus programme. The CHIME project is a transnational collaboration which examines jazz and improvised music festivals in urban and rural heritage sites as a way of exploring the use and re-use of cultural heritage.

The challenge is to rethink and revalue cultural activities in relation to debates on sustainable development through alternative and imaginative uses of spaces and places. This means considering how cultural heritage, in both its tangible and intangible manifestations, can contribute to broader societal roles of a smart, sustainable and inclusive Europe. To examine the interrelationship between tangible, intangible and digital heritage, CHIME understands music, festivals and places not as separate entities but as integrated sites.

The third CHIME meeting took place at the end of October at Trollhattan, North of the Gothenburg city-region in Sweden. Partner presented their work about the Gmlstn Jazz Festival in Gothenburg, the Curacao North Sea Jazz Festival and the Zomer Jazz Fiets Tour. Within the CHIME project, Professor Beth Perry at the Urban Institute is working with partners at the African Centre for Cities, University of Cape Town, University of Gothenburg and Julie’s Bicycle (a sustainable arts company) to explore the relationship between cultural heritage, festivals and urban transformations.