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Nishville Jazz Festival – A brand of artistic music

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The International Nishville Jazz Festival is the
most visited jazz festival in Southeast Europe,
since its establishment in 1995. Since begining
Nisville Jazz Festival consistently defend the
European values of multiculturalism and patiently
tend the sophisticated musical taste of individuals.
Confirmation of this, among other things, was
publication in the European Union newsletter, New
Europe Magazine (Brussels), as well as in the
prestigious British Guardian from 2016, where
Nishville is listed in the Top 10 Jazz Festivals in


In 2019, Nišville celebrated a significant jubilee
under the slogan of the FESTIVAL FESTIVAL – its 25th
anniversary, and in addition to a very high quality
musical program on 12 stages, the traditional
Nišville Jazz Theater Festival was held with 16
international theater performances and the Nišville
Film Festival Movie Summit, has featured over 100
films of international and domestic production with
music and documentary on several locations in the
Niš Fortress, as well as in the city center of Niš.

In the rich accompanying program (free enterence),
the festival has in recent years also introduced
applied art through an internationally established
art colony – Art To Go Jazzy, Jazz Ballet, book
promotions and jazz-themed magazines – Nišville Book
Session, comic book exhibitions and comic book
workshops – Stripes, photo exhibitions, various
tribunes, performances (Nishville Body Art,
Nishville Oldtimers Fest), etc.

Nishville 2019 has lasted 11 days, from 1th of
August to 11th of August. It brought together over
1,000 performers from around the world in over 20
scenes, with around 300 different programs being
performed. Number of visitors is approximately

The Nisville Jazz Festival has been the Public City
Manifestation of Nis since 2005. In the 2010, by the
decision of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic
of Serbia, has been a Manifestation of National

Nishville also won statue Best of Serbia in 2011
selected by the Ministry of Trade and Services, the
Serbian Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of
Commerce and Industry, and received the “Project of
the Future” award in the 2010 Serbian Business
Journalists Club and Center for SMEs.

The Tourist Organization of Serbia includes Nišville
in its official fair offer throughout Europe, and
many local and foreign tourist organizations and
agencies invite jazz lovers to visit Serbia and the
mythical city of Niš in August, because of this
unique festival in our region. Logically, the 2015
Nisville Jazz Festival also receives the prestigious
Tourist Flower Award for the best tourist and
cultural event in Serbia. This year Nishville was
also named the best festival in Serbia under the
patronage of “TOP SERBIAN BRANDS 2018”.

From the beginning, the concept of the festival,
except for the more traditional forms of jazz, was
based primarily on a fusion of this direction with
ethno traditions from different parts of the world,
and in particular the Balkans. The most famous jazz
magazine in the world, American “Downbeat”, in a
comprehensive presentation of the festival in 2008,
rated Nishville as a festival that at the same time
promotes jazz as a direction created on the American
continent, the musical tradition of the Balkans, and
especially the combination of the two styles, thus
Nishville contributed greatly to the presentation of
Balkan music as a new world trend.

The main program of the festival is held in the open
space of the Plateau of Nis Fortress, on two stages
– Earth & Sky stage, and many quality domestic and
foreign performers perform on stages where the
enterence is free for the visitors: River, Open,
Air, Hip Hop, Midnight Jazzdance, Movie , Jazz For
Kids, Welcome, Youth, Jazz Museum stage, Kristina
stage, etc.

An important segment of the festival is the Nisville
Jazz Workshop, established in 2007. The first year
of the jazz workshop was held by the guitar legend
guitarist Larry Coryell, and in 2008 lectures was
given by Dusko Gojkovic, as well as one of the best
drummers in the world, Billy Cobhan. Since 2009,
almost all major festival participants have
participated as lecturers in the concept of free
jazz workshops for almost all instruments used in
this music genre. The educational importance of
Nišville workshops, which, as a rule, inspire young
talented musicians, so it is not surprising that
young jazz bands are born every year in Niš and
throughout Serbia, which have a chance to perform in
a relatively short period of time.

Also, in 2017, Nisville Jazz Festival introduced the
new program the “Nišville Serbian Showcase”, which
promotes young jazz bands here, and their
performances are accompanied and juried by an
eminent lineup of jazz impressionists, promoters,
journalists and directors of jazz festivals from
around the world (America, Russia, China, Lithuania,
Macedonia, Bulgaria, the Netherlands, Croatia,
Germany, Albania, BiH, Montenegro, etc.). Among
other things, Nisville helps young bands perform at
festivals around the world and present the jazz
scene here.

Every year Nišville also organizes free concerts of
festival participants in different cities of Serbia
and the region, including Dimitrovgrad, Paracin,
Belgrade, Novi Sad, Subotica, Aleksinac, Prokuplje,
Vranje, Pirot, Leskovac, Zajecar, Arandjelovac,
etc.). The festival also hosted live shows in the
capitals of neighboring countries (“Nishville in
Sofia” at the National Palace of Culture and
“Nishville in Skopje” in the Universal Hall), etc.

Among others, Nishville has performers like: Solomon
Burke, Tom Harrell, All Di Meola, Monty Alexander,
Brian Blade, Richard Galliano, Benny Golson, Randy
Brecker, Miroslav Vitous, John Patitucci, Candy
Dulfer, Roy Hargrove, Sly & Robbie , Mingus Dinasty,
The Cookers, Tania Maria, Billy Cobham, The
Rosenberg Trio, The Original Blues Brothers Band,
Ron Carter, Dr Donald Byrd, Ginger Baker, Dusko
Gojkovic, Brussels Jazz Orchestra, Incognito, De
Phazz, Jazzanova, Joss Stone, Bob Geldof, Maceo
Parker, Alpha Blondy, Omar Hakim, Inner Circle,
Gipsy Kings, Christian Scott, Chris Potter, Stanley
Jordan, Seun Kuti, Lenny White, Bill Evans, Nouvell
Vague, September, Bisera Veletanlic, Vasil
Hadzimanov, Vlatko Stefanovski, Rambo Amadeus, The
Brand New Heavies, Gilles Peterson & Jose James,
David Murrey, Al Foster, Sun Ra Arkestra, etc.