Dixie Jazz Fest: Balkan Jazz in the Heart of Veliko Tarnovo

dixie jazz fest veliko tarnovo

The International music festival, Dixie Jazz Fest,  is one of the summer symbols of the old capital and will offer all jazz fans an exciting programme from July 2nd to July 4th.

This year the event will offer all jazz fans an exciting programme with some of the best jazz bands on the Balkans gathering for it in Veliko Tarnovo. You should also check out the amazing accompanying program of the fest (please see below).

Musicians from Bulgaria, Serbia and Turkey will give nine performances during the festival’s three nights on one of Bulgaria’s most beautiful stages with authentic décor– the stage under the remarkable Asenevtzi Monument.

All events in the programme of the 8th Dixie-Jazz Fest are free.

Dixie Jazz Fest 2015 (program)

July 2, 2015 (Thursday)

7.30 p.m. Opening of the photo exhibition “Jazz in old capital 2015”

7.45p.m.Opening of the festival

  • Royal Dixie Band – BG
  • Lilli Ilieva & Minimum Quartet – BG
  • JP3 – BG

Jam session at midnight, Location: Melon Live Music Club

July 3, 2015 (Friday)

7.30 p.m. Beginning

  • Ginger Groove – BG
  • Maden Öktem Ersönmez – Turkey
  • B.A.Combo – BG

Jam session at midnight, Location: Melon Live Music Club

July 4, 2015 (Saturday)

7.30 p.m.   Beginning

  • Ventzislav Blagoev Jazztet – BG
  • Serbian Jazz Bre! – Serbia
  • Tumbaito – BG

Jam session at midnight, Location: Melon Live Music Club

Accompanying program of Dixie Jazz Fest 2015

A photo exhibition: “Jazz in The Old Capital”

The festival magic spirit will start spreading already from June 29 when the traditional photo exhibition “Jazz in The Old Capital” will open. The photos are taken by professional photographers from “Tarnovski Photo Club” (June 29-July 5, Monument to the Asen dynasty and by the Municipality of Veliko Tarnovo)

Jazz concerts throughout the day

Midday street concerts from Royal Dixie Band’s jazz bus (July 2 -4, in the entire city)

Cinema and Jazz

Everybody who is fascinated by music, cinema and cinema music will have the opportunity to listen to cinema talks by the best jazz singer among cinema critics and the best cinema critic among jazz singers – Tsvetomir Tsankov (July 3-4, Hall of the Municipality of Veliko Tarnovo)

Jazz for kids

The project “Jazz for Kids with Ventsi Blagoev” is especially for children and parents who want to play music with both young and established jazz musicians, explore different instruments, feel jazz and fall in love with jazz. The project is organised by The Jazztet Foundation (July 3, from 5.30 to 6.30 pm, “Marno pole” park)

Jam sessions

Jam sessions (July 2-4, 00:00 am, Melon Live Music Club)


The festival is organised by Foundation Dixie-Jazz Fest, the Municipality of Veliko Tarnovo and with the support of The America for Bulgaria Foundation.

Information courtesy: Foundation Dixie – Jazz Fest Veliko Tarnovo