Our mission is simple but very demanding: close-up the Jazz to the wide public, making it easy and understandable to everybody. Our main target is to close-up theJazz Music to the auditorium unused to the Jazz, to all those who consider it as an exclusive music "from musicians to musicians", as a hermetic expressive form only for the conossieurs. Our job is to convice them to the opposite, to show to everybody that jazz is a pure joy of the performance and improvisation with no borders and boundaries at all.
We are proud to the fact that our job is gaining more and more success through the years. Carefully selected programe can satisfy even the most demanding jazz purist, but at the same time it has to delight and overwhelm every first-time jazz listener sitting in the audience. Liburnia Jazz consist of the Festival, which runs every first weekend of July, and Workshops, set up through a week of November as a separate project, called the"Jazz Ex Tempore". We choose all really marvelous artists, who can show by their personality what Jazz is today, and what will eventually become... Our Artists are either established international Jazz Stars (Joe Zawinul, Mike Stern, Steps Ahead, Lurrie Bell), either great musicians who are just to conqer the world throne of the Jazz (Richard Bona, The Bad Plus, Vasil Hadzimanov). One of the main targets of the Festival is also a collaboration of the Croatian and international jazz artists, and mixing the various cultures and music styles in one place - the Liburnia Jazz Stage.
Beside the performing stage, there is also the educational part of the Liburnia Jazz, the "Jazz Ex Tempore" music workshops. A part of workshops is applied to the professional musician improvement, but most of workshops are dedicated to the widest audience, to all music lovers who want to grasp behind the scene, getting the knowlege and inside stories directly from the artist. We call it the "Jazz Talks" - a non-formal talks, or open interwiews where audience freely communicate with the Artist about all the possible topics they could imagine. Usually, this represent the Artist in totally different spotlight. Everybody is interested in famous Jazz musician life stories, personal suggestions and oppinions