European Jazz Conference

The 5th European Jazz Conference will take place between 13 and 16 September 2018 at the Centro Cultural de Belém​ in Lisbon, Portugal.

The Conference will be co-organised by Europe Jazz Network, Associação Sons da Lusofonia and Centro Cultural de Belém, with the support of the Municipality of Lisbon, the Lisbon Tourism Association, the Ministry of Culture and the Creative Europe programme of the European Union.

The theme of the European Jazz Conference 2018 (13-16 Sept in Lisbon) will be "ON THE EDGE", an invitation to discuss the concepts of edges, peripheries and edginess (both figuratively and literally). The European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 will be the perfect occasion to talk about the idea that Europe (generally) is becoming more homogenous as technology links us and casts us, stripping away some cultural identity in the process, but shaping new identities as outputs, juxtaposed with the fact that many peripheral countries and cities are not yet as homogenised as "the middle" and consequently have something interesting to say, in music and in culture. Keynote speakers, working group sessions and the Portuguese showcase programme will be announced in Bremen at jazzahead! 2018 (19-22 April).

The European Jazz Conference is a leading annual gathering of professionals from the jazz sector in Europe, in particular of promoters, cultural managers, agents and national/regional support organisations. What has been the General Assembly of the Europe Jazz Network, from 2014 has been expanded and is now open as well to other professionals under the name of European Jazz Conference.

The European Jazz Conference is composed of inspiring keynote speeches, high-level discussion groups and workshops, networking sessions for professionals of the creative music sector, cultural visits and in the evenings a showcase festival of the best new artists from the host country, this year Portugal.

Keynote speakers of the last 2017 Conference were three outstanding musicians: Lebanese composer and oud master Rabih Abou-Khalil, Malian award-winning singer and songwriter Rokia Traoré and French/Serbian pianist and balkan jazz icon Bojan Z. They presented their views on the theme of “What if…” and their personal experiences as artists that travelled across borders and cultures and were able to merge all these different influences to create something unique.

The European Jazz Conference is a unique event, the only one of its kind in Europe, centered on building long-lasting relationships, developing new projects and artistic collaborations, sharing expertise and getting up to date with the newest management and programming trends. Moreover, the Conference is about learning about music scenes and best practices from all around the world, including countries beyond Europe.

You can check the full report of the European Jazz Conference 2017 that took place in Ljubljana, Slovenia, here:


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