12 Points

Based in Dublin, with partners right across Europe, 12 Points showcases young, creative and ambitious artists in jazz and related music from all points on the continent. Our mission is to assist and promote these emerging artists, bringing their music to new audiences.

12 Points Festival alternates between Dublin and other vibrant, young European cities. In February 2012 we were in Porto, Portugal. April 2014 was Umeå in Sweden. The next edition from in July 2016 will see the festival travel to San Sebastian, Spain.

Increasingly, our artists are appearing at other leading festivals and venues across Europe through our mobility programme 12 Points Plus, and we are a database and up to date resource for anyone with an interest in happening music from Dublin to the west, Skopje to the East, Gothenburg to the north, Porto to the south and everywhere in between.

You don’t know diddly about new jazz in Europe until you’ve checked out 12 Points!
When:
July
Artistic Director:
Kenneth Killeen
Co-producers:
68 Dame Street
2 Dublin
Ireland

News

ARTISTS ANNOUNCED for 12 Points 2017!

by 12 Points on Tue, 02/05/2017 - 17:32
Improvised Music Company, the Dublin based curators and producers of 12 Points festival, today announce the programme for the 2017 edition of 12 Points, which will take place July 16-18 in Aarhus, Denmark, in association with Aarhus Jazz Festival and Jazz Danmark, and as part of this vibrant city... read more

Applications now OPEN for 12 Points 2017 in Aarhus, Denmark

by 12 Points on Mon, 10/10/2016 - 17:04
12 Points, the dynamic festival of young European jazz, is on the hunt for 12 of the best and brightest young acts to take part in the 11th edition of this award-winning festival next July in Aarhus, Denmark, in association with the Aarhus Jazz Festival and JazzDanmark, as part of the 2017 Aarhus European Capital of Culture... read more

Names for 12 Points festival announced!

by 12 Points on Thu, 14/07/2016 - 11:03
​Improvised Music Company, the Dublin based curators and producers of 12 Points Festival, announce the programme for the 2016 edition of 12 Points, which will take place from 20 to 23rd of July in the vibrant Basque city of San Sebastián (Donostia) in Northern Spain, in association with Donostia Kultura and Heineken Jazzaldia.... read more

12 Points to join Aarhus Jazz Festival for European Capital of Culture celebrations in 2017

by 12 Points on Fri, 08/07/2016 - 12:14
Improvised Music Company are delighted to announce that 12 Points 2017 will take place in the vibrant city of Aarhus, Denmark in association with the Aarhus Jazz Festival and JazzDanmark, as part of the 2017 Aarhus European Capital of Culture events. The concert performances will be held in the bustling live music venue, Atlas, in... read more

Apply for 12 Points Festival! Deadline 30 January 2016

by 12 Points on Thu, 14/01/2016 - 17:24
“The freshest, hottest sounds in jazz and contemporary experimental music.” The Irish Times “Four dizzyingly diverse international triple-bills...a splendidly challenging festival" Jazzwise UK Improvised Music Company, the Dublin based producers of 12 Points Festival, today announce that the 2016 edition of 12 Points will... read more

PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED FOR 12 POINTS 2015

by 12 Points on Mon, 02/03/2015 - 10:00
PROGRAMME ANNOUNCED FOR 12 POINTS 2015  4 days of exciting young jazz acts from across Europe with daytime ‘Jazz Futures’ seminar and after hours jam sessions in DUBLIN this April 15-18th www.12points.ie   This April sees the 9th edition of exuberant young European jazz festival,12 Points; back at home base in... read more

12 Points 2015

by 12 Points on Thu, 20/11/2014 - 22:12
Application Deadline 12th December Dynamic festival of young European Jazz 12 Points Project Arts Centre, Dublin | 15-18th April 2015 | www.12points.ie “the freshest, hottest sounds in jazz and contemporary experimental music” - The Irish Times “Innovation is the watchword for the festival, the brainchild... read more

12 Points Festival 2015

by 12 Points on Fri, 12/09/2014 - 10:14
12 Points Festival 2015 http://www.12points.ie The 2015 line-up will be announced in February 2015 April 2015 - DUBLIN, Ireland The next edition of our small but beautifully formed festival takes place in Dublin in April 2015, when twelve bands will perform over four nights, selected from hundreds of online... read more

12 POINTS FESTIVAL | 2014 Programme Announced!

by 12 Points on Tue, 18/03/2014 - 19:44
2014 Programme Announced! We are delighted to finally announce the 12 acts that have been chosen for 12 Points 2014. Taking place in the wonderful Norrlands Operan in Umea, Sweden 10-12th April.   Opening Night of 12 Points 2014 : Thursday 10th April 12 Points 2014 hits the ground running with some big... read more

12 Points 2013

by 12 Points on Fri, 18/01/2013 - 16:59
Venue:Project Arts Centre  Date / Time:Feb 16 at  Ticket Price:€ 15/12 Telephone:01 881 9613 Book Online:Book Here URL:click here “A compelling showcase of high level creativity from an impressive array of emerging European Jazz talents." Jazzwise UK, May 2011 One of the most stimulating music... read more

EJN Award 2012 goes to 12points!

by 12 Points on Wed, 05/12/2012 - 15:13
The first ever Award was presented to 12 Points at the jazzahead! expo in Bremen, Germany on Friday 20th April 2012. THE FIRST EVER EJN AWARD GOES TO: 12POINTS FESTIVAL! Celebrating its 25th anniversary year Europe Jazz Network proudly presents the first ever EJN Award 2012 - for Adventurous Programming - Awarded... read more