History

The International A to JazZ Festival is a remarkable part of the cultural life of Sofia. Its mission is to spread and promote jazz and improvised music among young people. Founded in 2011 by a young and highly motivated team, with the exclusive support of Sofia Municipality and America for Bulgaria Foundation, the festival traditionally marks the beginning of summer, presenting the best of jazz and beyond artists in the beautiful South park of Sofia city.

Every year, the beautiful festival park welcomes over 35,000 people, where great performers such as Branford Marsalis, Christian McBride, Roy Hargrove, Jacob Collier, Robert Glasper, Christian Scott, Kenny Garrett, Cory Henry, Lalah Hathaway, Kurt Elling, Richard Bona, Michel Camilo, Dianne Reeves, José James, Dirty Loops, Nick West, Jazzmeia Horn, Ghost-Note and many others have played on its stage.

The program of the festival likewise includes jam sessions, art bazaar of Bulgarian handicrafts, accessories, books and works of art, children's educational program A to JazZ Kids, professional mini conference A to JazZ Talks, workshops, sports events and musical yoga.

A to JazZ Festival is produced by the A to Z Foundation and it is supported by Sofia Municipality and the Ministry of Culture of Republic of Bulgaria. Under the honorary patronage of Mr. Elen Gerdjikov - Chairman of the Sofia Municipal Council. The festival is proud member of Europe Jazz Network.

“Our mission is to promote music, to make jazz even more accessible to people, so that everyone can discover jazz within themselves. We strive to educate children and young people in a better sound and emotional environment, and to make the dreams of traditional fans of that music come true. We are inspired because jazz is an emotion, an improvisation, a flight of the free spirit.”

Petar Dimitrov
Festival Director