27th Istanbul Jazz Festival will attract more music lovers this year

Published on : Tuesday, August 11, 2020

This most important music festival will be organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Arts (İKSV) and sponsored by Garanti BBVA for 23 years with the support of the Republic of Turkey Ministry of Culture and Tourism. The Istanbul Jazz Festival will be held with a new programme in September. The 27th Istanbul Jazz Festival will host leading names, new discoveries, and stars of contemporary music from Turkey between 2 and 14 September 2020 both in Istanbul’s most beloved open-air venues and on the festival’s online platform. The details of the online platform will be announced in the coming days.

The 27th Istanbul Jazz Festival, postponed to a later date due to the COVID-19 outbreak, will meet the festival audience both in open-air venues on 2-14 September and on a digital platform on 4 September-16 October. The concerts will be available for streaming after two days on the online platform for those who would like to experience the festival in distance. The online concerts will be open to worldwide access for 45 days with tickets.

Despite the difficult circumstances of a pandemic, the decision to hold the 27th Istanbul Jazz Festival was taken to support musicians and workers of the music sector, and to ensure the continuity of cultural activities. With concerts in open-air venues and their online screenings, Istanbul Jazz Festival would like to emphasise the indispensability of cultural life under any circumstance and encourage artistic production by reuniting artists with their audiences. The decision to organise the festival is also important for institutional sustainability in the field of culture and arts. Organised by İKSV, a non-profit cultural institution, the festival invites its audience to support both artists and industry workers in this difficult period.

Festival’s stellar section: Vitrin Showcase for Contemporary Music from Turkey will be held online this year

This year, Vitrin: Showcase for Contemporary Music from Turkey that supports successful musicians and ensembles of the local scene in their global outreach, will be held online with the support of +1 on 7-9 September 2020. A group of international delegates composed of leading representatives of international music industry and journalists will explore contemporary music from Turkey digitally. The series will focus on the successful musicians and ensembles of the local scene and will aim to provide them with an opportunity to reach a wider international audience.

Vitrin: Showcase for Contemporary Music from Turkey was developed to enhance intercultural dialogue through jazz and contemporary music. The rapid development of music production in Turkey and the multitude of recently emerging musicians lead to new projects not only in Turkey but also in the international arena, receiving great interest and demand. This productive environment in the local music industry has motivated the Istanbul Jazz Festival to offer an effective international platform for emerging artists.

The series will once again feature successful contemporary music and jazz artists and ensembles from Turkey. 8 online concerts to be accessed on the festival’s digital platform will be followed by prominent representatives of the international music industry between 7-9 September. The showcase will be complemented by online panels and seminars for the delegates. The sectoral meetings to be held will bring local and foreign music professionals together and establish relations that will encourage local artists to reach out to the international arena.


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