Philip Powel

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Meet Philip Powel, proud owner of BIRD Rotterdam. We are thrilled they are co-hosting the event with us on May 12, 2015.

BIRD is the jazz venue and restaurant of Rotterdam that has put music, culture and food into one concept, inspired by trendy nightclubs and restaurants in cities such as London, Berlin and New York. Jazz , but also related genres such as soul, latin, funk, hip hop, afrobeat and electronics, are the starting point of the musical program, complemented by other jazz allied disciplines as performance, poetry, film and visual arts.

Who are you and what kind of business do you have?
I’m Philip Powel and Founder of BIRD Rotterdam, a jazz venue, club & restaurant.

What was your motivation to start working for yourself?
We felt there was something missing within the network of small music venues in Rotterdam and we’ve decided to fill up that space.

What’s the best thing about being an entrepreneur?
Artistic Freedom and being in charge of your own destiny.

What’s your ambition for the next 5 years?
Making our venue a solid part of the cultural resume of Rotterdam and create a healthy organisation (both in financial resources as in an artistic way). We also want to grow (by staying small) and have a growing impact on the cultural field in Rotterdam and its region.

What’s the best advice you can give a Rookie?
Stay true to yourself. And always try to do what you say you are going to do.