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20 years… and counting!

20 years… and counting!
by Giorgos Charonitis

It’s been a whole life and yet when you are called upon to flash back to its most important moments, the mind concentrates on the very essence: on how a true music festival has evolved throughout the years, 20 to be exact, despite the fact that its 20th edition has been rescheduled for next year and the live performances that would take over Technopolis at the end of this month have turned into internal silences while the crowds that would flock to the multi-cultural space will be necessarily absent this year.
20 years ago, towards the end of spring 2001, the 1st European Jazz Festival in Athens, a collaborative effort of the Municipality of Athens with the Offices for Education Affairs or the cultural institutions of the Member States' Embassies in Greece, emerged completely out of the blue. Free admission to all events and the undoubtedly high artistic merit of the festival rendered it a significant pole of attraction and interest over the course of its development, year after year, to a powerful institution that built up its artistic and creative character.

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20th Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival #JazzBeThere: See you next year!

20th Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival
#JazzBeThere: See you next year!
May 24 - 30, 2021

 

During these unprecedented times that we are all experiencing in our country, in Europe and around the world, and given the uncertainty of the situation’s development, the administration of Technopolis City of Athens and the Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival team, with a sense of responsibility for the visitors’ from Greece and abroad, the partners’ the artists’ and the employees’ safety, have decided to cancel this year’s festival.

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#ATJF19 Review: Living and breathing jazz throughout the city for one week!

Technopolis City of Athens

19th Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival:
living and breathing jazz throughout the city for one week!

1 festival | 19 years | 7 days | 21 musical ensembles
more than 45,000 visitors

Save the date:
#atjf2020 → May 25-31, 2020 → #JazzBeThere

The 19th Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival came to an end on Sunday, June 2, having offered to all of us who flocked to Technopolis a chance to listen to wonderful tunes and watch memorable jazz performances for an entire week. One year before its 20th anniversary, which is expected to be more spectacular than ever, we got to live first-hand an event that demonstrated the necessary knowledge, experience, and willingness to work towards greater progress and...creativity! Artists from all over the world walked onto the city’s favorite stage, joined forces for a fantastic lineup, and took us for seven consecutive nights on a journey through the contemporary jazz trends around the globe.
The festival was once again hosted by Gautier Velissaris who presented and welcomed on stage 21 musical ensembles that left more than 45,000 visitors in awe of their live performances!

Following on from last year’s event, ATJF’s first day was dedicated to Greece’s contemporary jazz scene, in an effort to support it in a practical manner; the audience had the chance to enjoy the up-and-coming Yako Trio -the Festival’s pick-, the uniquely cinematic and innovative Grey Paris, and the Petros Klampanis Trio, which performed original compositions of the phenomenal double bassist Petros Klampanis.

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PR: ATJF 2018 Review

Technopolis City of Athens – Onassis Cultural Centre 

18th Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival

1 Festival │18 years │ 7 days │ 21 music ensembles

46.000 visitors

#atjf201927th May to 2nd June 2019 #JazzBeThere

The 18th Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival came to an end on Sunday 10th June for the 18th year in a row in Technopolis City of Athens with more than 46.000 visitors! The Technopolis City of Athens and the Onassis Cultural Centre joined forces for the 4th time and hosted the longest-running free musical event of the city.

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PR: ATJF 2018 Side Events

Technopolis City of Athens-Onassis Cultural Centre

18th Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival

4th to 10th June 2018 

#JazzBeThere: This year’s side events program will make us all be #KatheMeraTexnopoli 

Ladies and gentlemen are you ready to jazz? Are you ready to meet your jazz self? Your jazz-edition self? This year, along with the coming-of-age of our favorite Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival  we have a richer than ever side events program which was seemingly created through a thorough and interesting improvisation. Each one of the side events will bring us closer to the jazziest version of ourselves and will make us love even more the jazz world as well as the festival!

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PR: The Greek Showcase Day

Technopolis City of Athens- Onassis Cultural Centre 

18th Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival

4th to 10th June 2018 

#JazzBeThere – Day 1:

5 representatives of exceptional Greek jazz music

The Greek Showcase Day 

Ladies and gentlemen are you ready to jazz? Are you ready to meet your jazz self? Your Greek jazz self? This year, a new day is added along with the coming-of-age of our favorite Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival: the Greek Showcase Day! Technopolis opens its doors to the Greek Jazz scene and gives us the opportunity to enjoy some of its exceptional representatives on an extraordinarily festive atmosphere on the first day of the festival, Monday 4th June

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18th Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival 4 - 10 June 2018

Technopolis City of Athens- Onassis Cultural Centre

18th Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival

4th -10th June 2018

#JazzBeThere: the best line-up that will make the whole city jazz

1 festival │18 years │ 7 days │ 21 groups │

 A plethora of side events and other surprises 

The 18th Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival takes place from 4th to 10th June in Technopolis City of Athens and promises to offer us 7 days of a magical jazz experience. According to the program of our favorite festival, which has now reached adulthood, the jazz stage of our city will welcome 21 ensembles including a very first participation from the USA that will give a more international sensation to the festival. This delightful atmosphere will be accompanied by great side events and surprises that will be out there very soon! 

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PR ATJF 2017

Technopolis City of Athens – Onassis Cultural Centre

17th Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival
1 festival | 17 years | 6 days | 17 countries | 3 bands
166 musicians | 41.000 visitors

The 17th Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival closed on Sunday, May 28, for the 17th consecutive year in Technopolis City of Athens, with more than 41.000 visitors! Technopolis City of Athens and the Onassis Cultural Centre joined forces for a third time, hosting the longest-standing musical institution of the city with free admission.

Talented host Gautier Velissaris presented 17 ensembles from all over the world, which enchanted the audience for 6 days, marking the beginning of the much-awaited summer concert season.

Technopolis visitors had the chance not only to live a wonderful jazz experience, but also to participate in a varied program of parallel events. The jazziest version of the biggest Meet Market ever filled the Technopolis grounds, being everyone’s favorite stop before or after their visit to the annual exhibition of the photography group METAPolis “LOSS”, which made the best of impressions.

Finally, Greek Instagram Events, on the occasion of the festival, invited all friends of photography to panoramically capture from the Watchtower, the new stop of the Industrial Gas Museum, “musical” instants or other, in order to present their own joint exhibition next year.

More specifically, the stage of the 17th Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival was occupied by:
On Tuesday, May 23: Athens Military Big Band, “Voices of Jazz” Athens Big Band & Pinelopi Tzanetaki and “Jazz Around the World” Athens Symphony Orchestra & Spiral Trio. On Wednesday, May 24: Sokratis Sinopoulos Quartet (Greece), Kadri Voorand Quartet (Estonia), Amit Friedman (Israel).

On Thursday, May 25: De La Puríssima (Spain), Luca Ciarla's “Jazz Violin 2.0”(Italy), Dan Bárta & Robert Balzar Trio (Czech Republic) and Samuel Blaser & Marc Ducret (Switzerland). On Friday, May 26: Andreas Hourdakis Trio (Sweden), Ricardo Toscano Quartet (Portugal) and Yuri Honing Acoustic Quartet (Netherlands).

On Saturday, May 27: Marly Marques Quintet (Luxemburg), Miklós Lukács Trio Cimbiosis (Hungary) και Grandbrothers (Germany). The varied program closed on Sunday, May 28, with: Rumba Attack (Cyprus), Aga Derlak Trio (Poland), Emil, Enver & Friends (Azerbaijan) and Portico Quartet (Great Britain).

The jazziest stage of the city hosted 20 hours of live jazz and we all look forward to reliving the magic of the festival next year.

Rendezvous at the 18th Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival! #JazzBeThere
Technopolis City of Athens: 100 Pireos street, Gazi, 213 0109300, 213 0109324
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