Moers Festival

In 1972, Moers Festival first started under the name ‘International New Jazz Festival Moers’. Ever since it has been held over Whitsun period each spring. In over 40 years, it has become one of the leading festivals of jazz and contemporary improvised music in Europe. Now as ever, the moers festival stands for the willingness to take risks and the courage to explore new territory, thus making it a reliable sources of non-mainstream musical discoveries. In 2014 the festival could finally turn its back on provisional venues and move into its very own festival hall. In 2015, moers festival received the EJN Award for Adventurous Programming from the Europe Jazz Network.

The Moers Festival is organized by the Moers Kultur GmbH, a non-profit organisation, with the support of the City of Moers, the State of North Rhine-Westphalia, the Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia, as well as many additional partners and sponsors.

Mapping the ambitious European scene and its current musical developments is one of the Festival’s main goals. European artists present at least 60% of the content in the main programme. We encourage German and European artists – for example by letting them create a new project for the Festival, or offering a residency to selected artists. At Moers our aim is to present new constellations, as well as somewhat daring programmes and collaborations. We invite newcomers/young musicians and also well experienced European artists. Apart from working on the musical programme itself, we also want to promote communication and exchange between musicians, European colleagues, journalists and other experts.

Artistic Director:
Nordring 5, D - 47441
47441 Moers
Phone: 49 (0)2841 3673675
Fax: 49 (0)2841 3671520


Welcome to the 45th Moers festival!

by Moers Festival on Thu, 12/05/2016 - 15:47
Ladies and Gentlemen,  The 45th edition of moers festival is the eleventh for me as an Artistic Director and the third at the new festival hall.  The festival’s financial situation remains under pressure, even though we were hoping the festival would finally experience more stability at its new venue... read more

Moers Festival celebrates the EJN Award 2015 for Adventurous Programming

by Moers Festival on Sun, 24/05/2015 - 00:00
The EJN Award 2015 for Adventurous Programming was celebrated today during Moers Festival, winner of this year’s Award. The Award Ceremony took place during the reception of the City Mayor in the Festival Hall. Ros Rigby, President of EJN, and Piotr Turkiewicz, EJN Vice President, congratulated the Festival team and... read more

Moers Festival 2015 starting in two weeks!

by Moers Festival on Fri, 08/05/2015 - 00:00
Moers Festival, winner of the EJN award for adventorous programming 2015, will take place during the Whitsun weekend from May 22nd till 25th 2015. In addition to the exiting programme of new and innovative acts, this edition will see the bestowing ceremony of the EJN Award for adventourous programming 2015, won... read more

The EJN Award 2015 goes to Moers Festival in Germany

by Moers Festival on Wed, 22/04/2015 - 00:00
Bremen, 22/04/2015 - The Europe Jazz Network (EJN) is pleased to announce on the occasion of the jazz trade show “jazzahead!”, which starts tomorrow, the winner of the EJN Award for Adventurous Programming. The 2015 Award goes to Moers Festival in Germany. Each year EJN, the European association of producers, presenters and... read more

Moers Festival Newsletter April 1st 2014

by Moers Festival on Wed, 02/04/2014 - 18:14
moers festival Newsletter April 1st 2014 Dear friends and fans of the moers festival,

here's this week's update from the festival office: Fringe programme out now! Survey: shuttle service and/or communal tent?  Improviser in Residence dates... read more