Partner Country Canada

Canada is the 10th partner country of jazzahead! - and also the first from overseas. Be prepared to experience lots of jazz and culture from the partner country during fair and festival.
Canada as partner country has followed our renewed invitation for 2021. The bands selected for this year’s showcase concerts will also be maintained for the showcases in 2021.
Rochelle Hum of the Canada Council for the Arts, speaking on behalf of all the Canadian partners commented: “While we are saddened by the cancellation of the 2020 edition of jazzahead!, we understand the importance of this change in plans for the health of artists, delegates and audiences. In the months ahead, we believe that music—and the arts more broadly—will have an integral role to play in our shared healing. For this reason, we have committed to supporting a Canada focus at the 2021 edition of jazzahead! Our ongoing collaboration with jazzahead! marks an important example of how countries can come together in these challenging times to foster our collective wellbeing.”


Canada's culture will be on display in Bremen, and you can be directly experience its variety as a visitor. Program highlights are, among others, concerts, the big festival opening at Theater Bremen, performances, dance theatre, movie nights and much more in various Bremen venues. At the closing weekend, the GALA CONCERT will conclude the program.

Culture from Canada

Twelve days of culture from the jazzahead! Partner country in Bremen

An event that celebrates an anniversary in 2021: For the tenth time, Bremen and the jazzahead! present the art and culture scene of a partner country. We’ll kick off our festival on 16 April at Theater am Goetheplatz and end with the GALA CONCERT on Friday, 30 April at Die Glocke!
The program will be anounced soon.

Canada at the trade fair

The partner country and its jazz scene will be presented at the fair, for example during these opportunities:

Stand and Lounge
The combined space of the partner country stand with the lounge which is adjacent to it are the most central presentation areas at the trade fair. The lounge has an area of around 95 square metres, the stand is usually around 50 square metres. What takes place there varies from country to country – but in general this is the place to bring together and to present the country's jazz scene. It also provides the ideal focal point for contact with the international jazz world which is present at jazzahead!
At jazzahead! there will also be 40 showcase concerts. The opening evening is dedicated to the partner country with eight short concerts. Bands playing here have applied in advance and been selected by international juries.
Industry- and country-specific topics can be presented and discussed here. In the past, the programme ranged from book presentations, panels and talks to target-group-specific workshops.
For the official opening of jazzahead! trade fair, national and international guests are expected. On stage, official representatives of the partner countries (e.g. ambassadors, ministers, state secretaries) will open the trade fair together with the jazzahead! and representatives of Bremen, which is one of the German Länder in its own right.
Targeted discussions among participants from Germany and the partner country. These short talks are intended to strengthen bilateral trade relations between players from Germany and the respective partner country, and to facilitate the exchange of contacts and services in the jazz sector.


Choice of the partner country

Since 2011 jazzahead! presents an annually changing partner country in the scope of the fair, but also within a city-wide cultural program aimed at the public in Bremen & region. The partner country is chosen and invited by jazzahead!
The highest criterion is an exciting, in part still undiscovered jazz scene, which deserves greater international recognition. Another criterion is the culture of the country beyond jazz: in a city-wide cultural festival with regional partners (theaters, bookstores, museums, etc.), the (contemporary) cultural scene of the country is presented.

jazzahead! selects its partner countries, applications are not possible. If you are interested, please send an e-mail to project manager Sybille Kornitschky.

  • 2021Canada

  • 2019Norway

  • 2018Poland

  • 2017Finland

  • 2016Switzerland

  • 2015 France

  • 2014 Denmark

  • 2013 Israel

  • 2012 Spain

  • 2011 Turkey