Established in 1960, the international Ljubljana Jazz Festival is the oldest jazz festival in Europe. It is also the central international jazz event in Slovenia that throughout the decades has presented an impressive array of some of the most eminent jazz and improvising musicians from all over the globe.
The heterogeneous and diffuse nature of contemporary jazz music is reflected not only in the festival’s history, but even more so in the adventurous musical direction it currently displays. It features a broad range of musical expressions, from the more exploratory and unidiomatic practices to metal-flavoured improvisations and funk or soul-tinged jazz ventures. The festival programme is complemented by a year-round programme held by the organiser of the festival, the Cankarjev dom, Cultural and Congress Centre, where similar music is presented on a weekly basis at the “Tuesday Clubbing” concert series.
Many open air or interdisciplinary events accompany the main musical part of the festival, including street performances, residency programmes, film screenings, round tables, and exhibitions of posters, jazz photography, and other art works.
The festival predominantly takes place at the various concert halls of Cankarjev dom. The other main location is the open-air venue Križanke, with some events also taking place at Klub Gromka and occasionally on the streets of Ljubljana.
Annually; 28.6.2016 – 2.7.2016