Festivals

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April Jazz

24. - 28.4.2019, Espoo


April Jazz is an annual jazz music festival held in Tapiola, Espoo, at the end of April. It has been held annually since 1987. As the biggest jazz festival in the Helsinki metropolitan area is has brought to Finland many top-noch jazzartists around the globe. Espoo Big Band Association works as the host and organizer for the April Jazz festival. 

 


Baltic Jazz

5.-7.7.2019, Taalintehdas

Since 1987, The Baltic Jazz festival is annually organized in the historical mill surroundings of Dalsbruk (Taalintehdas). The Baltic Jazz festival is a meeting place where the different styles of classic jazz meet other kinds of music. It is a gathering of international top artists and local talent, as well as a get-together for tourists, boaters, vacationers and local residents during one weekend in July. Festival is organized by Intresseförening för Jazzmusik i Dalsbruk r.f.

 


ELive Jazz Happening

4.7.2019, Kokkola

The cozy ELive Jazz Happening is an annually occurring music event with a low threshold held in Kokkola city. This bilingual jazzfestival is a part of the Kokkola summer week and is produced by local music company, ELive Music with musicians bassplayer Eevalotta Matikainen and guitarist Martin Söderbacka.

 

 


Elojazz

1. - 4.8.2019, Oulu

Jazz and pop music festival Elojazz takes place in August in the city of Oulu. The program of Elojazz offers music from jazz and swing to soul and funk to fans of African-American musical genres. Festival spreads its locations around the city of Oulu and works as a part of the network of Oulu August Festival. Elojazz is produced by local organisation Jazz 20 ry with their artistic director and trumpetist Jukka Eskola.


Hanko Soul Jazz Weekend

8.–11.8.2019, Hanko

Hanko Soul Jazz Weekend is a small, cozy and groovy gathering of musicians and diggars every August in Hanko. The festival is produced by music producer and composer Jan Simmons.

 


Jazz by the Sea 

Kotka

Jazz by the Sea is a 3-day jazz event organized in Kotka, at the back yard of restaurant Kairo annually since 1996. During the years of its existence it has brought several high-class jazz artists from taleted vocalists to big bands to perform in summery Kotka. Jazz by the Sea is organized by the active local association Kotka Jazz, that coordinates many other jazz activities in Kotka as well.


Jazz-Espa

29.7. - 3.8.2019, Helsinki

Jazz Finland produces an annual Jazz-Espa concert series in Helsinki. It takes place at the Espa stage in the heart of the city, featuring first rate Finnish jazz bands. Band applications for Jazz-Espa are received every january.

 

 


JazzKukko

24.-28.7.2019, Laitila

Jazzkukko Festival is a jazz and pop festival, organied annually in Laitila since year 2015. Internationally known jazz musician Kari Antila is the founder and producer of the festival. Behind Jazzkukko, aiming to enrich local cultural life, lies association Jazzkukko ry, which was started in August 2014.

 


Kaamosjazz

22.-25.11.2018, Tankavaara and Saariselkä

Kaamosjazz is the northernmost jazz festival in the European Union and one of the oldest in Finland. Jazz was first played on the fells of Finnish Lapland at Tankavaara in 1981. Since 2011, the festival is organized by theNorthern Lapland Tourism Ltd., which continues to write the festival’s history in collaboration with businesses in the Saariselkä region.


Kalottjazz & Blues

28.6. - 29.6.2019, Tornio ja Haaparanta

Kalottjazz & Blues Festival is the largest jazz celebration in the far north and this truly international event takes place in Tornio and Haparanda where Finnish and Swedish cultures quite literally come together. The festival will invigorate these twin border towns for four days and nights of jazz and blues, with artists from around the globe performing in concert halls, in a jazz marquee, in town squares and in clubs. 

 

  


Keitelejazz

24.6.-28.6.2019 Äänekoski

 Keitele Jazz is a high-class jazz music event held every year in the end of July in Äänekoski, Eastern Finland. Keitele Jazz has been organized annually since 1985 and it is known from it's intimate atmosphere. This cosy four-day festival brings together Finnish and Nordic jazz music and the internationally acclaimed top players of jazz without forgetting the rock and blues aficionados. Keitelejazz is organized by the local association Äänekoski Jazz.

 


Kerava Jazz

24. - 26.5.2019, Kerava

Kerava Jazz is an international jazz music festival held annually in the beginning of summer. Kerava Jazz program includes improvisation, spirituality and cross-artistic works. Besides the avantgardistic and national projects the festival offers also various kinds of rhythm music and children's music. Kerava Jazz Festival is organized by Kerava Jazz Association with the help of the financial support of the city of Kerava. 


Koli Jazz

Finnish jazz year starts with Koli Jazz, offering interesting and versatile repertoire in exceptionally beautiful surroundings of Koli. The festival is co-organised by Jazzkerho -76, Joensuu ry and restaurant Grill it! Koli.

 


Korpo Sea Jazz

24. - 27.7.2019, Korppoo

Launched in 1990, Korpo Sea Jazz Festival is known for its warm atmosphere, high artistic level  and emphasis on fresh Finnish jazz. Organised in the archipelago of Turku, the festival delivers over 20 jazz shows and jam sessions around the Archipelago Sea, including such spots as Korppoo, Nauvo and Utö. Concerts take place on both outdoor venues and local restaurants. 


Lahden jazztori

23. - 30.9.2018, Lahti

Lahden Jazztori is a 1-week jazz event organized in Lahti every year in August since 1989 by the Lahti Big Band. One of the most important jazz festivals in Finland, it has become known for versatile and high-quality guests, smooth organisation and customer-friendly services. 

 


Linnajazz

11. - 14.7.2019, Hämeenlinna

The 4-day Linnajazz Festival is a jazz and pop music festival for the whole family organized in Hämeenlinna since 1991 by the Hämeenlinnan Soitannollinen Kerho (the Music Club of Hämeenlinna). The festival presents some of the most current performers of jazz, soul, blues and show music. Besides the concerts, the annual, very popular jazz cruises on Vanaja Lake are an essential part of Linnajazz.
 


Pori Jazz Festival

12. - 20.7.2019, Pori

Pori Jazz, held in 1966 for the first time, is the pioneer of the Finnish festival summer. Pori Jazz offers a broad contingent of the world's leading artists ranging from long-established figures to up-and-coming stars. Pori Jazz has managed to keep in the lead among international festivals for already 50 years. The festival atmosphere in particular, created by the music, people, fine services and unique milieu, is second to none. The big open-air concerts are held at the beautiful concert park Kirjurinluoto Arena, while high-standard free concerts take place in the city centre.The festival is arranged annually in July by the non-profit association Pori Jazz (Pori Jazz 66 association). About 70 per cent of the program is admission free. 


Porvoo Jazz Festival

30. 9. - 2.10.2018, Porvoo

Porvoo Jazz Festival ry is an annual three-day jazzfestival, based in Porvoo. The festival is organised usually in September with programme of jazz groups from Finland and abroad. 

 

 


Puistoblues (Lakeside Blues Festival)

26.–30.6.2019, Järvenpää

Founded in 1978 to serve local music lovers, the PuistoBlues festival in Järvenpää has over the years grown to be the leading blues festival in Europe and one of the most important musical events in Finland. Performers of the main concert during the past 40  years have included many of the biggest blues stars in the world, from B.B. King to John Lee Hooker. In addition to the first-class main concert, Puistoblues offers free concerts on the Blues Street, kids' events and a wide range of club activities all along the five-day blues week. Puistoblues is held in Järvenpää, taking its place usually in the week after midsummer.


Raahen Rantajatsit

25.-27.7.2019, Raahe

Raahen Rantajatsit - Jazz on the Beach is an annual music festival whose mission is to promote jazz in the city of Raahe, located in the north of Finland, and to organise jazz concerts around the year in local clubs. Held since 1989. Raahen Rantajatsit takes place at the last weekend of July in the seaside of Raahe. The festival is organised by the association Rajatsi.

 

 


Ruskaswing

Kemijärvi and Pyhätunturi

Ruskaswing is a traditional jazz festival founded in 1989. The festival is located in the Lapland area: in Pyhätunturi National Park in the municipality of Pelkosenniemi but also the birthplace of the event, Kemijärvi (the northern-most town of Finland), hosts many concerts. Festival is organised by association Ruskaswing ry. Last time Ruskaswing was held in year 2016.

 


Salo Jazzfestival

28. - 29.9. 2018, Salo

Salo Jazzfestival has been held since 2012. This cosy, low-threshold happening fulfils the street scene of Salo with top-class jazz music at the end of October. A major force behind the festival is the SaloJazz Society, which also organises year-round jazz concert activities and education in Salo and Salo region.

 

 


Savoy JAZZFest

8.-10.3.2019, Helsinki

Savoy JAZZFest is a three day long jazz festival held in Savoy theater in Helsinki. The festival presented international jazz programme first time in spring 2019.


Tampere Jazz Happening

31.10.–3.11.2019, Tampere

In 1982 Tampere Jazz Happening was organized for the first time and ever since it has been a part of the spectrum of cultural events in Tampere every year. Since 1990 the festival has been produced by Tampere Music Festivals which is a part of the Cultural Affairs of the City of Tampere. The Happening brings together the most interesting artists of modern jazz from Finland and from abroad. 


Turku Jazz Festival

6. - 10.3.2019, Turku

Turku Jazz Festival, Finland's second oldest jazz festival, has been organised since 1969 in the city of Turku. Turku Jazz Festival offers a nice selection of contemporary jazz, from Finland and abroad. Turku Jazz Festival is organised by Turku Jazz ry. 

 


The Annual Finnish Jazz Convention

  Tampere

The annual Finnish Jazz Convention is an event bringing together many of the key figures on the field of Finnish jazz. The convention has been organised every year since 1967. Since year 2014 the event is held together with Tampere Jazz Happening and it is a co-production with the Jazz Finland. In addition to live jazz, the event includes the granting of the most prestigious awards in Finnish jazz, the Yrjö awarded by the Jazz Finland to an outstanding musician, and the Varjo-Yrjö (”The Shadow Yrjö”) awarded by the Jazzradio of Finland’s national broadcasting company YLE. 


Viapori Jazz

20. - 24.8.2019, Suomenlinna, Helsinki

Viapori Jazz is a festival organized annually in Suomenlinna, Helsinki since 2000. The festival presents fresh groups and the newest music of from the vanguard of Finland's jazz scene. Viapori Jazz forms a part of the program of the Helsinki Festival.

 


We Jazz

1.-8.12.2019, Helsinki

We Jazz is the most surprising jazzfestival held annually in December. Programme presents the audience fresh venues, top-quality jazz and inspiring atmosphere.

 


Ylläs Jazz Blues

24. - 27.1.2019, Äkäslompolo and Ylläsjärvi

Over the years Ylläs has become renowned for its yearly cultural events, with the Ylläs Jazz and Blues festival being one of them. The festival is a 4-day event and takes place during the last weekend of January. The festival is organised by Ylläs Soikoon ry together with Ylläs Travel Ltd. and local restaurants and hotels.