A Durham Brass Initiative media opportunity presented by Strictly Press: The official launch of ... BRASS - Durham International Festival (Please see below for details of 5 of the festival's headlining acts...) BRASS is back in Durham - this time BIGGER, BOLDER and BRASSIER than EVER before ! In July 2007 [1st - 15th] BRASS - Durham International Festival will celebrate the global-sound of Brass-based music by bringing major names to Durham from the world of Folk, Jazz, Samba, Soul and Traditional Brass in free and paid events across the region ... it promises to be an exciting musical cocktail of cultural flare (tickets go on sale from Wednesday 7th February - please read on for further details). BRASS - Durham International Festival - supported by the Durham Brass Initiative is proud to announce five of its headlining acts for this year's musical showcase: THE BOBAN MARKOVIC ORKESTAR(Balkans) - the world's leading exponent and biggest name in Balkan Gypsy Brass, clearly recognised by their massive global following ;BELLOWHEAD (UK) - BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2007 winners of Best Group, Best Album and Best Live Act ; DENNIS ROLLINS & BADBONE (UK) - nominated for an Urban Music Award in the Jazz Category ; MNOZIL BRASS (Austria) - played in 2006 to rave reviews and a packed house at the Royal Albert Hall ; andBRAZZ BROTHERS (Norway). Other events include: The Durham Miners' Gala ; Acid Brass (the Williams Fairey Brass Band) ; The Teesdale Brass Band Contest and The Durham County Brass Band Association (DCBBA) Entertainment Contest. The Durham Brass Initiative looks to respond to the needs of professional and amateur musicians in a region known for its rich tradition of Brass band playing and music making. The consortium consists of: Durham County Council ; County Durham Brass Band Association ; Northern Regional Brass Band Trust ; Durham University ; JazzAction ; Durham City Arts ; Durham City Council ; Derwentside District Council ; Easington District Council ; Sedgefield Borough Council ; and Chester-le-Street District Council. Further information & quotes:BRASS has an International flavour enabling it to cast out a global net to draw in the world's brass music lovers to the Northeast of England - for a fortnight of culture, entertainment and celebration. BRASS - Durham International Festival can be a true 'economic force', attracting people and new business opportunities to a region already steeped in heritage with its award-winning architecture, educational prowess and beautiful scenery. The people of County Durham have Brass band music running through their veins, whether it's from the region's industrial past or because of a true desire to play and enjoy the music itself - County Durham has a vibrant brass band scene with over 27 registered bands... proving that the Northeast recognises the importance of Brass. "BRASS - Durham International Festival has the potential of being one of the UK's, if not Europe's - leading brass music events. We are creating a two week showcase of some of the globe's leading performers, which will quite rightly make County Durham one of the International culture scene's leading players," said Neil Hillier, Arts Development Manager for Durham County Council's Adult and Community Services. Neil adds: "Brass is more than just music to the people of County Durham, it's a way of life - with thousands of people playing brass instruments every day. We hope this year's festival will continue to tell the world about the region's strong industrial roots, not only celebrating the past but very much looking forward to the future. "The festival will highlight the important role Brass plays in the Northeast whilst also championing its role across the world - where Brass continues to help create vibrant joyous communities." Quote (2): Durham County Council Cabinet member - Councillor Michele Hodgson, said: "The Festival is organised by the County Council's arts development team in its role as a partner in the Durham Brass Initiative. It's this partnership that gives this amazing event its strength and countywide involvement.She adds: "The county will be providing a warm welcome to bands from Asia, America and Europe for a joyous two weeks of musical celebration. I can't wait for July!" The next move: For further information about "BRASS - Durham International Festival" including dates, times and ticket prices - please visit the official website: www.brassfestival.co.uk and to purchase tickets for all of the events please call the ticket-line on (0191) 332 4041 (tickets go on sale from Wednesday 7th February). Keep your eyes peeled for regular BRASS - Durham International Festival media updates.