Once again the mountain resort of Bansko will become the world stage of the jazz elite. The 20th jubilee edition of the festival starts on August 5th. Yildiz Ibrahimova, however, will warm the crowd on 4th. She is included in the pre-program and her concert is with tickets. All other events at the festival are completely free. The opening hour of the party is every evening from 7 p.m. on the main square in Bansko.
During the first festival night, you can enjoy the performances of the women from Sentimental Swingers and Big Band Blagoevgrad with special guest Mihail Yosifov. The program is followed by Vlatko Stefanovski trio from Macedonia, Axel Zwingenberger from Germany and Patrizia Laquidara from Italy. On the 6th August, you can enjoy the concerts of Uros Peric and the vocal group The Divettes from Slovenia and The Mambo stars Band from Serbia. That evening, the program continued with Kamelia Todorova and JP Trio from Bulgaria, Spaghetti Swing from Italy and Side Steps Quintet from Germany.
On August 7, Aquaphonika (Bulgaria and Italy), Lyubomir Denev quartet and Vesela Morova, Hilda Kazasyan and quartet and Seven from Switzerland will perform. On Tuesday, residents and guests of Bansko can listen to the Big Bend Swing Kids from Germany, Lilly of the West from Bulgaria, Hot Four from Germany and Djabe from Hungary. The program on Wednesday will open the two-nation American formation Two Cities One World. Followed by Chopin on the strings of the trio – a formation from Poland, New Beginnin – Bulgaria and Tony Momrelle & Bend – Great Britain.
On Thursday, August 10, the Georgian Tbilisi Big Band, Mario Stanchev double trio (France and Bulgaria), Frederick Viale, Thomas Cordogli and Yoann Serra from France will be presented with special guest Magi Alexieva – May from Bulgaria. The offlines project from Israel will be featured on the 11th of August, with guest Vladimir Karpatov from Bulgaria, Roundella from Italy, Vasil Petrov and Stanislav Arabadzhiev trio, as well as Candy Dulfer & Band from the Netherlands. The last day of the festival, August 12, begins with Petar Slavchev & Octet Plovdiv. The program follows Patti Austin & Trio, as well as a 100-year celebration of Ela Fitzgerald. The festival will close Mungo Jerry Blues Band from the UK.