Jazz Cerkno

A festival with international recognition


The main music event organized by Zavod Jazz Cerkno has been taking place annually in mid-May since 1996 (between Thursday and Saturday). The festival venue is the square “star plac” in the center of Cerkno, covered with a large tented roof for this special occasion. Three evenings present several musicians and artists from all over the world, both established and unknown ones, all of them united in finding new directions in jazz music and thus broadening their horizons. The festival as such is important not only for the musical challenges and pleasures it grants, but also for representing the current trends in jazz music in general. The jazz heard in Cerkno is never unambiguous, because the program emphasizes unconventional and creative music, the collision of cultures and music practices, and the confrontation of various approaches, where jazz often comes across other music forms and assumes different elements from them.

Rock, electronic music, modern and old classical music, experimental music, various traditional types of music, and much more: all of it can be found in endless combinations with jazz itself in the eclectic and exciting program of the Jazz Cerkno festival. It is never self-limited by genre purity or orthodoxy. Special attention is paid to Slovene musicians and many a band or musician had their first project presentation in front of the public in Cerkno. The same is true for foreign musicians, who have expanded the limits of sonority and torn down the boundaries within genre and other conventions. All Jazz Cerkno festival concerts are exclusive in Slovenia. The festival program is enriched by workshops, exhibitions, and similar events. The festival is also well known for its lively after-party at a selected location in Cerkno. Hotel Cerkno offers festival package-holidays with attractive prices.

More info at: www.jazzcerkno.si