Copenhagen Jazz Festival takes over Copenhagen and Frederiksberg in the first ten days of July as more than 1,000 concerts attract up to 250,000 visitors.
One of the festival’s trademarks is the many free, open-air concerts, enticing by-passers to join the party and enjoy high-quality jazz.
Copenhagen is invaded by Jazz
“People come not only for the memorable musical experiences but also to enjoy the very special atmosphere as jazz literally invades Copenhagen,” says Signe Lopdrup, Director of Copenhagen Jazz Festival.
“The many free, outdoor concerts around town are one of the festival’s special features and help make Copenhagen Jazz Festival the city’s most important public festival. In addition, the festival has made the presentation of jazz in unique surroundings its trademark. Thus the public is able to enjoy concerts in the best concert halls, in a disused printing plant and in the city’s streets and parks.”
High Artistic Quality with Popular Appeal
“The recipe for the festival’s huge popularity is primarily based on a programme that aims for high artistic quality and renewal. It is very important for us to put together a programme that reflects the newest trends both in European jazz and in the rest of the world,” emphasises Signe Lopdrup, who considers strengthening and developing jazz’s image as part of the festival’s task.
To broaden the appeal of the festival, the festival makers have introduced a range of crowd-pleasing themes, like Jazz for Kids, Jazz from Africa and 21st Century Jazz.
Event: Copenhagen Jazz Festival 2011
When: Friday 1 to Sunday 10 July 2011
Where: In more than 100 venues all over Copenhagen and Frederiksberg
Price: Prices vary, however many concerts are for free
Enjoy Jazz in the Danish Capital
Find more information about the themes, events and concerts at Copenhagen Jazz Festival, and make sure to check out the comprehensive programme at Frederiksberg Jazz Festival and in Tivoli.
And remember, most of the events are less than a ten minute leisurely bike-ride from Avenue Hotel.
Copenhagen Jazz Festival is supported by Wonderful Copenhagen
Photos by Kristoffer Juel Poulsen and Jonas Pryner