Moers Kultur GmbH / 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.

Moers Festival celebrates the EJN Award 2015 for Adventurous Programming  on Sun, 24/05/2015 - 00:00  PDF version
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...
Moers Festival 2015 starting in two weeks!  on Fri, 08/05/2015 - 00:00  PDF version
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...
The EJN Award 2015 goes to Moers Festival in Germany  on Wed, 22/04/2015 - 00:00  PDF version
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...
Moers Festival Newsletter April 1st 2014  on Wed, 02/04/2014 - 18:14  PDF version
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...