22nd Athens Jazz: The side events that enhance the festival experience!
22nd Athens Jazz
22 – 29.05.2023
Are you ready to jazz? From May 22 to 29, the Technopolis City of Athens will be grooving again this year to the rhythms of Athens Jazz, the most prominent jazz music festival in Greece! The festival features 21 artists and ensembles on the Technopolis stage, providing a multifaceted, international lineup of performances that celebrate jazz music. And, of course, the festive climate is not limited to the stage: A rich series of side events accompany this year's Athens Jazz, inside and outside Technopolis, offering visitors a complete festival experience.
Just like in previous years, the abundant and always creative Meet Market and the photo exhibition of the METApolis team will be there. This year, the Vinyl Market will also be joining in, filling the air with the sweet aroma of vinyl for a whole weekend. In Technopolis, the new stand-meeting point of the “Jazz Solidarity Network”, ideal for jazzy talks, will accommodate visitors throughout the festival. Meanwhile, a few hours before the live performances, young and grownups -jazz lovers or not!- will have the opportunity to visit the Industrial Gas Museum for free as part of the celebrations for its 10th anniversary.
For the end, we keep the unique Club Program that this year brings to the Main Stage of neighbouring Gazarte two top names of world jazz for two must-include lively and nostalgic performances and an unforgettable live show party with an upbeat DJ set from the radio station Kosmos 96.3. Read the complete program and #JazzBeThere!
The Meet Market
Technopolis | Machine Works & Machine Works - Courtyard
Let's celebrate innovation and creativity. The Meet Market, the favourite nomadic market of Athens Jazz, is back with handmade creations and a summer shopping mood. Visitors will discover clothes, jewellery and accessories made by independent designers, art and decoration objects, collectables, organic food, toiletries and wellness products, children's items and gifts for all, made by well-known creators -members of the Meet Market and new ones introduced to the market for the first time. Experience the vibrant energy of street food stalls, refreshing cocktails, DJ sets, interactive activities, and an overall positive atmosphere. Don't let this opportunity slip away.
Hours: Monday-Friday 19.00-00.00, Saturday & Sunday 12.00-00.00
Photo Exhibition METApolis “Changing Lanes”
Technopolis City of Athens | Purifier
Embark on a journey of introspection and negotiation into the city's identity with the METApolis photographic team. The exhibition, “Changing Lanes”, featuring over 130 photographers, explores street photography, staged photography, and urban landscape concepts. The collection captures the ever-evolving metropolis, showcasing everything from historical monuments and graffiti on building facades to public transport and apartment interiors, providing a unique perspective on our daily urban landscape.
Curator: Giannis Giannakopoulos, Kostas Kourtidis, Thodoris Veronikis.
Opening: Monday, May 22, 20:00
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 16.00-23.00, Friday & Saturday 10.00-23.00, Sunday 10.30-21.00
«10 years of IGM» Athens Jazz edition
Technopolis City of Athens | Industrial Gas Museum
The Industrial Gas Museum is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and has extended its visiting hours for the Athens Jazz Festival. Visitors can now walk through the facilities of the old gas factory, which provided light and energy to Athens for almost 130 years. The gas plant is a rare example of industrial heritage and is the only one in Europe still maintaining its impressive equipment intact in situ. The museum will be open from Monday to Sunday, just before live performances on the Technopolis stage. On Friday, May 26, the Museum staff will be on the grounds to assist those who want to learn more about the history and operation of the Athens gas plant.
Jazz Solidarity Network
Technopolis | Central Courtyard
The "Jazz Solidarity Network" is a robust non-profit organization with more than 100 members, talented musicians, dancers, and artists from the Greek jazz scene. Their sole purpose is to support and promote the Greek jazz and improvisational scene by creating ample funding opportunities for their artistic work. They are thrilled to announce their participation in the Athens Jazz Festival from May 22 to May 28, where they will have a stand on the festival grounds to facilitate a healthy exchange of ideas related to jazz among the public and artists.
May 26, 27 & 28
Technopolis | New Retorts
Will the leading jazz festival not have any vinyl records? The Vinyl Market will join Athens Jazz at the Technopolis music summit this year. This year's Athens Jazz lineup is more diverse than ever, and Vinyl Market will be there, offering an extensive range of records from jazz, rock, soul, and funk to Latin, blues, ethnic, and electronica. But that is not all! Vinyl Market will also have various music-related items, including collectables, new releases, and other displays.
Hours: Monday-Friday 19.00-00.00, Saturday & Sunday 12.00-00.00
Athens Jazz Club Program
May 23, 27 & 29
Gazarte | Main Stage
Roy Ayers «Farewell Tour»
The Club Program at Gazarte will open in an ideal way on Tuesday, May 23, featuring the emblematic composer and musician Roy Ayers, who will perform for the last time in our country as part of the "Farewell Tour" with which he officially bids farewell to live performances. Ayers, the mythical "godfather" of neo-soul and one of the most influential artists of the global music scene will walk onto Gazarte's Main Stage, bringing his timeless groovy melodies and rhythms at the hottest farewell party ever.
Tickets via viva.gr
Kosmos Jazz Party
In collaboration with Kosmos 93.6.
On Saturday, May 27, the Athens Jazz is transferred to Gazarte in the most explosive party! Favourite producers of Kosmos 93.6 will take the stage for a highly danceable DJ set, later passing the torch on to Jerome Kaluta. With their unique energy, the famous actor and singer and his six amazing musicians will give an outstanding performance full of positive vibes and afro, soul, and jazz rhythms, not be missed! Get ready to dance!
Time: from 21.00 | Live at 23.30
** Stay up-to-date on the latest jazz news by following the Athens Jazz pages on Facebook & Instagram and don't forget to subscribe to the Athens Jazz channel on Youtube . For more information visit the festival’s website: athensjazz.gr.