Red Sea Jazz Festival

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Red Sea Jazz Festival

Dates of next edition: 
From: 25/08/2019
To: 27/08/2019

The Red Sea Jazz Festival is a jazz festival held annually in the last week of August in Eilat, Israel.

The Red Sea Jazz Festival was first held in 1987 owned by the municipality of Eilat. It is a three-day-long event featuring 9-10 concerts per evening, 6 workshops with guest artists and nightly jam sessions. All performances are held outdoors at the Eilat port. The workshops take place at a nearby hotel.

The festival offers a combination of performances by international jazz artists and local talent. It also provides a venue for collaborative efforts, with special productions exclusive to the festival. The festival draws audiences of 70,000, with an average of 2,500 people per concert. It is run as a non-profit organization and enjoys the support of the Municipality of Eilat, the Ministries of Culture and Tourism, the Eilat Hotel Association and various business sponsors.

In 2008, Israeli jazz bassist Avishai Cohen was named artistic director, replacing Dan Gottfried, who initiated the festival and served as artistic director for 22 years. During his tenure Gottfried has showcased over 1500 world-famous Jazz artists and established the reputation of the festival as one of the leading Jazz events worldwide. Under Cohen's direction in 2009, the festival showcased young talent and original compositions along with world-renowned jazz artists. In 2012 Israeli saxophonist Eli Degibri and radio broadcaster Dubi Lenz replaced Avishai Cohen as the artistic directors, and from 2015 Eli Degibri is directing it by himself, and initiated the summer camp and the Brecker competition.

A 3-day Winter Jazz Festival, held on the third weekend in February, was initiated in 2010 by Dubi Lenz, and it will celebrate its 10th anniversary in 2020. In the weekend before the summer festival there is a summer camp for young musicians (14- 19 years old), and during the summer festival in 2019 there will be held the first Michael Brecker international saxophone competition.