The Europe Jazz Network has just announced that The EJN Award For Adventurous Programming 2017 will go to Tampere Jazz Happening.
The award will be officially made this Friday, 28th April, at jazzahead! in Bremen.
The jury's citation was:
“Tampere Jazz Happening for over 35 years now presents a strong programming with a sharp and adventurous profile. Maintaining a familiar approach and strong links with the local community, it established itself as a world-class event and one of the most edgy jazz festivals around. New projects and collaborations are established in every edition, often in the form of inter-generational and inter-gender dialogues. Young Finnish musicians have the opportunity to develop new ideas together with jazz legends and receive wide international exposure. The Festival has broad horizons, framed together in a coherent programme by one of the most characteristic promoters in Europe. All these reasons make Tampere Jazz Happening the perfect choice for the EJN Award for Adventurous Programming 2017!“
The EJN Award Jury 2017 consisted of: Anne Erm (Artistic Director, Jazzkaar Festivals, Tallinn Estonia), Tina Heine (Artistic Director, Jazz & The City Salzburg, Austria), Martyna Markowska (Artistic Director, JazzArt Festival Katowice, Poland), Yahvé M. de la Cavada (music journalist, Spain), Reiner Michalke (Artistic Director, Stadtgarten Cologne, Germany)
Previous winners of the EJN Award for Adventurous Programming have been: Manchester Jazz Festival, UK (2016), Moers Festival, Germany (2015), Jazz em Agosto, Portugal (2014), Bimhuis, Netherlands (2013) and 12 Points Festival, Ireland (2012).
LINK: Round-up review of Tampere Jazz Happening 2015