Brussels already enjoys a very healthy and vibrant jazz scene, with local acts regularly performing live in its myriad bars and a coterie of foreign stars passing through all the time. Once a year, however, for 3 days, Brussels transforms into the jazz capital of the world, a city of swing, where the crowds of shoppers and drinkers move in syncopation. I’m talking about the Brussels Jazz Marathon.
What is it? The Brussels Jazz Marathon has become a much anticipated annual tradition in the city, inviting over 700 musical acts (jazz is taken in it broadest sense) to perform in venues across the city. Basically, every bar takes part and there are continuous performances on stages scattered throughout the city centre and Ixelles. The most amazing thing about this festival? It’s all 100% free of charge. Unbelievable, I know.
One of my friends fell in love with jazz because of this festival a few years ago and now comes back to Brussels every year to take part. As for me, well, I’ll be shuffling from bar to bar, stage to stage, trying to cram in as much jazz as is humanly possible.
The programme for the 2017 edition is still being finalised but the dates are set. Keep 26th-28th May free for some great jazz!