Music can Change the World because it can Change People
"PLUS" MEANS MORE THAN JUST A JAZZ EVENT
When Ambon/Maluku was recovering from five years of politically maneuvered conflict, we the “TEAM”, knew that to help bring the city back to what it was always known for “Ambon Manise” (Sweet Ambon) is to bring the world back to Ambon. As Bono once said:” Music can change the world because it can change people”; so music it is the tool to bring people back to Maluku; to bring people back to Ambon. The “TEAM” created a marketing gimmick called “Ambon Jazz Plus Festival.” Because music has been the “soul-food” indigenous “means of communication” for and amongst the people of Ambon.
Decralaration Ambon The City of Music in Indonesia, 8 October 2011
We the “TEAM” knew how to encourage, influence and make the provincial government of Maluku and the city government of Ambon to declare Ambon as the “City of Music” in Indonesia. It happened on the third season of the festival. However, after reaching the 4th season, the “TEAM” decided to hibernate due to many reasons and valid excuses. It is NOW 2020. After 8 long years of hibernation, we believe it is time to re-lit the mission; not necessary to pick up from what we have left; but to do it as a BRAND NEW START. It is still about presenting Jazz “Plus” Funk, Blues, R&B, Hip hop, DJ and more….. The dream of “Ambon Art & Science Academy” is still the aim for the end result; after how many more of this Festival? Well it is the DREAM; NOW got to do it with a new twist to make that a REALITY.
IN GOD WE TRUST!