Partner Country – jazzahead!

Partner Country

After careful consideration and as a result of the official travel ban of the Canadian government for Canadian citizens to European countries, we and our Canadian partners have decided to postpone Canada's participation as a partner country until 2022. This decision also results in the cancellation of the festival events, including the festival opening at Theater Bremen and the gala concert at Die Glocke. The showcase selection of the Canadian Night will be carried over to 2022.
As part of the digital jazzahead! 2021, Canada will have a few surprises in store.


Will be the year in which Canada's culture is shown in Bremen. You can look forward to 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.

Partner counrtry 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.

  • 2022Canada

  • 2019Norway

  • 2018Poland

  • 2017Finland

  • 2016Switzerland

  • 2015 France

  • 2014 Denmark

  • 2013 Israel

  • 2012 Spain

  • 2011 Turkey