Jazz Festival in Bansko

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The international Jazz Festival in Bansko is the biggest summer music event in Bulgaria that gathers thousands of music fans from all over the world. Each year in August Bansko turns into the musical jazz capital not only of Bulgaria but also of the Balkans and music fans from near and far come into the resort town.

This year as well, the organizers of the Jazz Festival Bansko have prepared a strong and interesting program in which groups and performers from the country and abroad will take part.

Some of the performers are: Sentimental Swingers & Big Band Blagoevgrad, VlatkoStefanovski Trio (Macedonia), PatriziaLaquidara (Italy), Kameliya Todorova and ZhivkoPetrov Trio, Spaghetti Swing (Italy), Side Steps Quintet (Germany), Hilda Kazasyan, Seven (Switzerland) and many more performers.

The stage on which the jazz musicians will perform will be open-air as always (at the town square) and the concerts will be absolutely free.

Why Bansko and why a Jazz Festival?

At first glance it probably looks odd that such a big and renowned music festival, and a jazz festival that is, would pop up in a resort town such as Bansko, at the foot of Pirinmountains.

The history of the festival started 20 years ago with a doctor who decided to open a clinic in Bansko. Dr. Emil Iliev, a well-known dermatologist and acupuncturist with years of practice in Bulgaria and Germany, opened his clinic and very soon it becomes popular and searched for by people who want to learn to live healthy and eat in a balanced way. The clinic is quickly filled with people from different European countries who also need some kind of amusement and music programs.

And precisely then it occurs to Dr. Iliev that jazz music is exactly what the guests of his clinic need. In the beginning he only invites Bulgarian performers like Kameliya Todorova, MitkoShanov, Vasil Petrov, ViliKazasyan. Musical cycles are almost chamber but very soon Dr. Iliev understands that people love jazz music and need it. Therefore he convinces the then mayor of Bansko to establish an international Jazz Festival.

Since then, every summer for several days in August, the town is in the swirl of jazz and thousands of jazz music fans and guests of the town can enjoy the concerts of their favorite artists.

Is it worth it to be in Bansko for the Jazz Festival?

Even if you are not one of the biggest fans of jazz music the reply is “Yes!”

Moreover, Bansko Jazz Festival this year is 20 years old and there is an occasion for an even bigger celebration!

With regard to the anniversary the organizers and sponsors have prepared many surprises for the town’s guests.

In addition to the rich program and the strong presence of popular jazz performers and groups from Bulgaria and abroad who will perform their concerts on an open-air stage in the town center, especially for the event, the Brazilian percussionist Claudio Kron will hold a workshop and fill the town with hot Brazilian rhythms.

Many of the hotels and the amusement places in Bansko come up with their own special jazz offers and proposals and hotels such as  the five-star Lucky Bansko Spa & Relax besides promotional prices for a holiday during the jazz festival (August 5 – August 12), have prepared for their guests meetings with Thomas Sprostranov who will be a guest of the hotel.Every day from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. during the festival days TomaSprostranov will present movies about history of jazz and portraits of world jazz stars at Apart Hotel Lucky Bansko Spa & Relax. In addition to the daily movie marathon and the meetings with Sprostranov, the luxurious hotel also provides transportation to the open-air jazz stage.

From 5 to 12 August Bansko will be expecting all lovers of good music, fun and summer parties!

We will definitely be at the Bansko Jazz festival 2017! Let’s meet near the stage!