Festival — jazzahead!


The jazzahead! Festival turns Bremen into the metropolis of jazz!

Every year, two weeks in April, the jazzahead! Festival takes place in Bremen. Around the world's largest gathering of the jazz scene, we design a citywide music and cultural program with numerous cooperation partners.
In addition, the jazzahead! Festival brings the cultural scene of an annually changing partner country to Bremen. From April 14 to May 1, 2022, Bremen will be all about Canadian culture, and from April 28, all about international jazz.
In the year 2022, our program will be special: we expect to celebrate the festival for the first time after two years on site and with an audience!

These are the jazzahead! Festival's four program elements

Partner Country Program

Arts and Culture from Canada in Bremen, for example with the festival opening at Theater Bremen on 14 April and the jazzahead! GALA CONCERT an 29 April 2022 at Die Glocke

jazzahead! CLUBNIGHT

on 30 April 2022 in 22 of Bremen's clubs and other venues

Showcase Festival

40 Showcase concerts from 28 until 30 April in Hall 4, Hall 7, Kulturzentrum Schlachthof


NEW: Circus tent on the Bürgerweide, program April 28th to 30th .

Partner Country Canada

The program kicks off on 14 April 2022 at Theater Bremen.

mood for two weeks of Canada in Bremen, for a festival with numerous concerts, with readings (at the bookstore Storm and Logbuch as well as the Bremen City Library). For the first time we are cooperating with Tanz Bremen and again with Filmfest Bremen, two festivals that also have a Canadian focus. Film gets special attention with cinema nights also at the Institut Français and CITY 46, and the festival closes with a gala concert with Laila Biali and Malika Tirolien and CLUBNIGHT, also with two Canadian hot spots.
Arts and culture from Canada and the whole festival program:

The 11th jazzahead! festival will kick off at Theater am Goetheplatz

Canadian soul singer Kellylee Evans was at jazzahead for the first time in 2015. In 2005 she had won the Thelonious Monk competition. Her new album GREENLIGHT, which she made in 2021 after a seven-year recording abstinence, is characterized by strong resilience in times of pandemic. This was especially difficult for the talented Ottawa jazz singer, as Kellylee was still recovering - literally - from a bizarre accident in which she was struck by lightning. Recorded during the lockdown, Kellylee offers insights into our own vulnerability during these strange times on GREENLIGHT. "Some of the songs I sing about are about mental health and supporting people in those moments," she explains. "A lot of it is about my own life." Over the past 15 years, Kellylee has won over audiences with forays into jazz, R&B, hip-hop, pop and a Juno Award-winning tribute to Nina Simone. With GREENLIGHT, this literally electrifying artist whose vocals and stage presence captivate audiences is back. We are delighted to engage her at short notice from touring in France to the festival opening concert of jazzahead!

At the end of the festival period the GALA CONCERT tops off the program.
Laila Biali | Malika Tirolien

After two years, the time has finally come again and the jazzahead! Festival returns to the Glocke for the gala concert. Canada is the partner country of the 11th festival - and also the first from overseas. On the stage of the Glocke we present two top-class singers from the partner country in a double concert.

Festival Program

The program kicks off on 14 April 2022

The 11th jazzahead! Festival brings arts and culture from Canada and highlights from the international jazz scene to Bremen. Discover the full program of Canada, Clubnight and more here:
Festival Program 2022

Circus Tent


More program and a new concert stage - starting this year, a circus tent will expand the event area of jazzahead! and offer more space for concerts, meet & greets and the broadcast of some showcase concerts on big screen. The musical program of the new live stage will be curated by jazzahead! and will be published soon. A food court will complement the offerings. Good music, good food and good conversations with a real festival flair. Access is included in the registration fee.

Tickets & Prices

jazzahead! Festival

Tickets for the jazzahead! Festival are now available!
We will announce in March 2022 if tickets for the showcase concerts will be available.

Partner Country Program & jazzahead! CLUBNIGHT

* Reduced ticket prices apply to pupils, students, volunteers working in the Federal Voluntary Service, trainees, the unemployed and the handicapped (accompanying person gets access free of charge). Only showcase festival: Children up to 10 years accompanied by an adult get free access to the showcases.

Group discount rate available for groups of ten or more people (e.g. pupils or students). Only on presale and upon agreement with Nina Thomann.

Showcase Festival and jazzahead!@Circus

* Reduced ticket prices apply to pupils, students, volunteers working in the Federal Voluntary Service, trainees, the unemployed and the handicapped (accompanying person gets access free of charge). Only showcase festival: Children up to 10 years accompanied by an adult get free access to the showcases.


All jazzahead! tickets are available for presale in our online shop at Nordwest Ticket (+1,00€ charges), its advance booking points and via the hotline: +49 421 36 36 36.

The tickets are also available at the ticket service at Die Glocke (+49 421 33 66 99), at the WESER-KURIER Pressehaus and at all regional newspaper publishing houses.

Box office hours

More info will follow soon.

Ticket counter in the foyer of Hall 7

  • Thu 28 April 04:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Fri 29 April 01:00 PM – 10:00 PM
  • Sat 30 April 01:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Box Office jazzahead!@Circus*

  • Fri 29 April 8.30 PM - 11:30 PM
  • Sat 30 April 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM

*Only cash payment is possible in the circus tent and only tickets for the tent program are available.