Once upon a time in Ashford… December 13, 2014 at 4:11 pm

Last week we were in Ashford for the final FizzBuzzJazz of 2014, courtesy of wonderful co-hosts, the internationally acclaimed Jasmin Vardimon Company. They were kind enough to give us free reign of their Production Space where multi-disciplinary artistic study, experimental collaborations and educational residencies take place.Nfl Jerseys It was a terrific environment for established FizzBuzzJazzers and our many new faces to connect, chat and share opportunities and ideas.

For the first time at FizzBuzzJazz we had a pre-event masterclass where FBJ founder,  Tim le Lean shared his expertise of networking including his six principles to get the most out of networking. A special thanks must go to Revelation St. Marys for providing a stunning venue for our networking masterclass to take place and to Ashford Borough Council for helping us to take FizzBuzzJazz to Ashford for the first time.

It was great to see the return of FBJ favourite Joe Browne with band mate Hal Hutchinson of Last Summer’s Tealights who provided us with an effortlessly excellent jazz soundtrack.

A big thanks to all our fabulous food and drink sponsors: Chives Catering cooked up a storm with a delicious array of tasty treats, fizz was provided by sponsors Chapel Down and Canterbury’s own Foundry Brew Pub were kind enough to let us have some of their finest Bigglestone’s Brown Ale.

The ever popular FBJ competition was back in quiz territory, this time with congratulations (and a bottle of Chapel Down Brut) to Rhiannon Lane from Bright Shadow for correctly guessing the fairy tales we’d taken five quotes from.

Finally a huge, heartfelt thanks must go to this year’s principal sponsor the University of Kent who have generously supported us for all of our events in 2014.

Thanks also you to Hope Fitzgerald who was snapping away all evening and perfectly captured the essence of Kent’s most purposeful party.

That’s it now for FizzBuzzJazz in 2014. Watch this space for news of what’s coming up in 2015!


The return of FizzBuzzJazz December 31, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Following our winter hibernation, FizzBuzzJazz was back with a bang at the University of Kent’s School of Arts building. Our usual mix of artists, practitioners, entrepreneurs, opinion formers, funders and  creative businesses was supplemented with students from our Creative Career Masterclass who were trying out their new and improved networking skills on the night. First-time FBJ music-providers Arlet added to the very purposeful partying with their unique take on progressive, instrumental chamber/folk music.

Thanks as always to our to sponsors Chapel Down for the award winning fizz and The Foundry Brew Pub who treated us to a selection their flavorful ales with brewer Tom Sharkey on hand to explain how they were made.

Congratulations to Marie Dryden, winner of our ‘perspectives’ photography competition for her playfully perfect photo and the recipient of the traditional bottle of Chapel Down Fizz.

Photos by Esme Godden, Marie Dryden, Dan Richards, Harriette Lane and Andrew Park.




FizzBuzzJazzing in Folkestone December 22, 2013 at 4:38 pm

Last week  Kent’s most purposeful party returned to Folkestone. This time we were co-hosting with Folkestone-based animation geniuses Cognitive Media, taking FizzBuzzJazz to The Workshop a new inspirational work space, digital hub and startup incubator on Tontine Street. The evening was a fantastic mix of established FizzBuzzJazzers and new faces with many exciting connections being made.

Providing the sound track for this FizzBuzzJazz were Alien FM and Thom Norton from Sandgate-based record label Sideways Recordings. The fizz was, as ever, provided by our wonderful sponsors Chapel Down and The Foundry brew pub kindly gave us a sneak preview of their special halloween-themed pumpkin pie ale. The wonderful team from Beano’s cafe kept us well-supplied throughout the evening with a delicious variety of vegetarian and vegan pizza arriving fresh from their oven just across Tontine Street.

Our competition was inspired in part by Cognitive Media’s latest RSAnimate Re-Imagining Work as well as the array of flexible work spaces on offer in The Workshop. We asked guests to scribe their interpretations of the phrase ‘flexible working in Folkestone’. The winner, who took home a bottle of Chapel Down, was Graham Green, with Emma Wilcox and Matt Osbourne in 2nd and 3rd place.