July Jazz Smolyan Fest - International Ethno-Jazz Festival

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Country and Region BulgariaSmolyan
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Smolyan, Smolyan, Bulgaria
Festival Contact Information

July Jazz Foundation
9 Industrialna str.
Sofiа 1202
Phone/fax: +359 2 8220699
Email: info@julyjazzbg.com

Festival Description

The annual July Jazz Smolyan Fest takes place at the Amphitheatre at the center of Smolyan, Bulgaria making the events accessible to all. The program includes performances, jazz cafes, jam sessions, exhibitions, films and workshops with renowned musicians.

The festival, however, is not just a music. Choosing one of our main themes is the music and specifically jazz, is that this is the free improvisational art. Challenge to the participants was formulated very concrete - on the interpretation of ethnic issues arising from a specific cultural reality. Not only in Europe but around the intriguing topic called. world-culture. Each culture carries within itself a unique charge and mood because the springs from the soul. Mobility and easier access to information today, enhances curiosity and the ability to exchange a result of this is undoubtedly a mutual enrichment and diversity. Facilitates the understanding and adoption of other, finding common interests and similar aspirations.

Festival Dates July 25 - 28, 2012
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Practical Info:

Call Out for Showcases 2012:
  • The call for showcase proposals for JULY JAZZ MY STAGE is now open, with a deadline of Monday, June 25, 2012. Are you a professional musician/band and ready to go international? Do you deserve wider audiences and have the professional standards necessary to tour? If so, this call is for you! Come perform at July Jazz Smolyan 2012, where the audience will choose 3 the BEST bands.
  • Awards winners receive
    • Participation in 4 festivals in Italy, Germany, Poland, the Netherlands, Spain and United Kingdom – all costs are covered including fee.
  • Funding
    • Please note that the organisers of JULY JAZZ Smolyan are not in the position to cover any fees and travel expenses. What will be provided is a 45-55 minutes showcase slot, the stage, the necessary equipment to perform and extensive promotional treatment. That includes promotion of the show itself, newsletters, online promo, publication of full bios and contact details in the JULY JAZZ Guide, and much more. Additionally, all invited artists will get free full access to all features of the JULY JAZZ event and PERELIK Pure Jazz, plus accommodation and catering. So, if you want to propose a showcase, think carefully about financing and let us know what support or funding you have.
  • Interested? Here’s how to submit…
  • Please include with application the following
    • subject line: JULY JAZZ MY STAGE proposal + name of artist
    • a biography in English
    • a discography (if available)
    • full technical rider (including backline) & stage plot
    • a selection of internet links (Youtube, Facebook, homepage, etc) or 2 musical fails (mp3)
    • To be considered by the jury you need to send the above items — all of them, without exception and please send them in English. The application for performing on JULY JAZZ MY STAGE is free of charge.
  • Deadline is Monday, June 25, 2012
  • On June 30, 2012 you will receive a reply if you are approved for participation. And if it is positive - the timing and stage, which will be present. Application for participation in JULY JAZZ MY STAGE is free.
    You can send your questions to info@julyjazzbg.com


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