Jazzfest Berlin

About the festival

Founded in 1964 the Berlin Jazz Festival is one of the longest running European festivals of international renown. Known as Berliner Jazztage until 1980 it was directed by Joachim-Ernst Berendt (1964-72), George Gruntz (1973-94), Albert Mangelsdorff (1995-2000), Nils Landgren (2001, 2008-11), John Corbett (2002), Peter Schulze (2003-07), Bert Noglik (2012-14) and Richard Williams (2015-17) and is curated since 2018 by the curator Nadin Deventer.

Whereas famous US-jazz celebrities set the tone during the first decades, the Berlin Jazz Festival increasingly has presented artists from all around the globe, with an increasing emphasis on contemporary European jazz.

Presently residing at Haus der Berliner Festspiele, a 1000-seater theatre run by the festival’s parent company Berliner Festspiele, plus a couple of satellite venues, the festival mostly draws capacity audiences, with media partners ARD (public)radio(system) and Deutschlandradio documenting the musical scope by simulcasts and live-recordings.

Nadin Deventer
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Nadin Deventer

Nadin Deventer, born 1977, studied European studies and music in Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin. She has been active as a curator, dramaturg and project director in various contexts in the cultural arena and has left her mark on van Vlaanderen festival programs in Brussels and, following that, the jazz cultural landscape in the Ruhr district in particular. She worked at the Ruhrtriennale and in the team of Ruhr.2010, European Capital of Culture, for which she curated “No blah-blah!”, an international jazz program with 60 projects in more than 20 cities. For nine years (2007-2016), Nadin Deventer directed the “jazzwerkruhr”, a regional network and festival that she successively developed further with innovative projects into an international artists’ workshop and coproduction cell. In 2011, she carried out the 24- hours-run “What’s in the fridge?”, a bi-national cooperation project within the framework of the “Jazztopad Festival” in Wroclaw. As a member in the management team, she created the third edition of “festival n.a.t.u.r. – natürliche ästhetik trifft urbanen raum”, a platform situated between art, culture, actionism, urbanity and ecology. In 2012 she was appointed to the board of the “europe jazz network”.