EJN Award for Adventurous Programming 2021: winner to be announced at a live online event on Wednesday 14 April



For the first time, the Europe Jazz Network (EJN) will announce the winner of its 2021 Award for Adventurous Programming at a dedicated live online event on Wednesday 14 April 2021 at 16:00 CEST.

The event will be chaired by EJN President Wim Wabbes (Handelsbeurs concert hall, Belgium), and will see the participation of representatives from this year’s Jury, of the Award winner, and video contributions from some of the artists that have been involved in the winner’s events in the previous years. The event will last about 40 minutes, so be sure not to miss it!

You can follow the event LIVE on the EJN’s facebook and youtube channels, interact and celebrate the winner in real time with us through the chat! The event will be also available to watch on demand at a later stage.

EJN Award event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/europejazznet/posts/3910635859025089 

EJN Award event on Youtube: https://youtu.be/vd_z1pDEO10

The Award winner of this year was selected through a two-phase process: in the first step all of the 160+ EJN member organisations from 34 countries were asked to indicate a potential award winner (not necessarily an EJN member). Later on, a selected jury of EJN members and other respected music professionals in Europe met online in March 2021 to choose the winner out of the resulting list of 17 nominated festivals, clubs and concert venues.

The 2021 Jury was composed by: Pelin Opcin (Serious events/EFG London Jazz Festival, UK), Antonis Zouganelis (Athens Technopolis Jazz Festival, Greece), Sofia Jernberg (Artist, Sweden), Christine Stephan (JAZZTHETIK magazine, Germany), and the previous winners from last year: Christoph Huber (Porgy & Bess, Austria) & Jan Ole Otnæs (Victoria-Nasjonal Jazzscene, Norway).

Following the announcement, the winner of this year will also be celebrated at the European Jazz Conference in Tallinn, Estonia, taking place between 16-19 September 2021, and at the winner’s venue during the second half of the year.

We hope to see you at the announcement!

About the EJN Award for Adventurous Programming
Each year, since 2012, EJN the Europe-wide association of promoters, presenters and organisations who specialise in creative music, contemporary jazz and improvised music, awards an European promoter who exemplifies the values of EJN and skilfully succeeds to create visionary and fascinating musical programmes for the audience.

Previous winners of the EJN Award for Adventurous Programming have been: Victoria-Nasjonal Jazzscene in Norway ex-aequo with Porgy and Bess in Austria (2020), JazzFest Sarajevo in Bosnia & Herzegovina (2019), Jazz Festival Ljubljana in Slovenia (2018), Tampere Jazz Happening in Finland (2017), Manchester Jazz Festival in the UK (2016), Moers Festival in Germany (2015), Jazz em Agosto in Portugal (2014), Bimhuis in the Netherlands (2013) and 12 Points Festival in Ireland (2012).

In addition to the Award for Adventurous Programming, EJN established two other awards: the EJN Award for “Music & Community” (first edition in 2018), highlighting outstanding projects of social inclusion through jazz and creative music, and the “Zenith Award for Emerging Artists” (first edition in 2019) in collaboration with 12 Points Festival.

More info on the EJN Awards: https://www.europejazz.net/activity/ejn-awards