About the Organisers

About Centro Cultural de Belém

The Centro Cultural de Belém (CCB), created by the architects Vittorio Gregotti and Manuel Salgado, was designed to function as an “open city”, consisting of buildings, streets, plazas and bridges. Establishing a dialogue with the River Tagus and the monumental Praça do Império, and flanked by the Mosteiro dos Jerónimos and an area of extensive gardens, the centre is a celebration of culture, opening its intensive programme of activities to all kinds of cultural events. This cultural centre is regarded as a national and international landmark, having become a micro-city of contemporary monumentality. But it is also seen as the ideal venue, in Lisbon, for holding congresses, conferences and all types of institutional and corporate events. In fact, one of the three blocks from which it is formed, the Conference Centre, which forms the façade on the side of the Praça do Império, overlooking the Mosteiro dos Jerénimos and the River Tagus, was designed specifically for this purpose.


About Associação Sons da Lusofonia

 The Association Sons da Lusofonia (ASL), based in Lisbon, is one of the two Portuguese members of Europe Jazz Network. Founded in 1996 by its director Carlos Martins, ASL has been organizing the Portuguese Jazz Fest/ Festa do Jazz in Lisbon since 2003. The festival has turned into a core event of the Portuguese jazz scene and aims at promoting both established and emerging artists on a national and international level and actively strengthening the network of musicians, teachers, promoters, critics and other important actors involved in improvised music. ASL is actively working on the internationalisation of the Portuguese jazz scene by creating European partnerships and networks and by engaging in initiatives like the Europe Jazz Network, Anna Lindh Foundation and network events like jazzahead! Besides its jazz-related activities, ASL works on cultural projects that are dedicated to social and educational community work, based on music and other performing arts.


About Europe Jazz Network

Europe Jazz Network (EJN) is a Europe-wide association of producers, presenters and supporting organisations who specialise in creative music, contemporary jazz and improvised music created from a distinctly European perspective. Its membership currently comprises 126 organisations (festivals, clubs and venues, independent promoters and national/regional support organisations) from 35 countries.
EJN exists to support the identity and diversity of jazz in Europe and to broaden awareness of this vital area of music as a cultural and educational force. It aims to increase exchange of knowledge and experience between professionals of the jazz sector and to initiate and encourage the development of international exchanges, special projects and collaborations between producers and artists both within and outside of Europe.
EJN believes that creative music contributes to social and emotional growth and economic prosperity, and is a positive force for harmony and understanding between people from the diversity of cultures inherent in the European family. It is an invaluable channel for the process of inter-cultural dialogue, communication and collaboration.