Nišville Jazz Festival 2012

The Nišville Jazz Festival, which will be held this year from 16 - 19 August, is the oldest event in Serbia to be designated by the Ministry of Culture as a cultural event of national significance.Visited by by 100,000 people each year, Nišville is also the most visited Jazz Festival south east Europe. From the beginning the primary concept of the festival has been based on the fusion of traditional jazz styles with the ethnic traditions of different parts of the world and especially the Balkans.In the words of one of the world's most well-known and respected jazz magazines, Downbeat: Nišville greatly contributes to the presentation of Balkan music as a new world trend while also promoting the entire jazz genre and the combination of the two styles.

Main Stage
The main program of the festival will be held in two connected stages in the Fortress, where in one evening performances by six bands will be accompanied by the over 20,000 visitors. The main stage is located behind the Bali Bey Mosque in the Fortress.

River and Kristina Stages
This year's Nišville festival will have programmes on three new stages, all of which will offer free admission. The first, dubbed the River Stage, is an amphitheatre at the wharf, near the monument Saban Bajramović, where performances will be given by jazz and world music bands from all over Europe, and in tribute to the great Niš musician each group will perform at least one composition of the king of Gypsy music.The second stage, with the working title Kristina, is especially designed for piano recitals, and will show projections of silent films that will be accompanied by performances of young pianists who will play improvised music for given film scenes.
The screen, projectors and piano platform will be located near the mountain lodge in the Fortress.

Useful Info
€100 Jazz Holiday: This year the Nišville Jazz Festival is offering a package for visitors to spend four days and four festival evenings for €100.
The price includes accommodation in a twin room in a student's hostel with full board, as well as a four-day ticket to the festival. The hostel is located near the Fortress of Niš.
 Nišville Tickets: The Nišville Jazz Festival has started the second round of ticket sales at promotional prices.
The actual price of a ticket set is €25 (2,600din).Tickets can be bought online at: or

Why Nišville
To a classic question "Exit or Guča?" I say Nišville, because this matches my interest and obviously cannot be lonely as thousands of people visit it every night. - Mr. Miša Blam, jazz musician and publicist 

This is one of the best jazz festivals I have ever played. The great audience has made me feel like a real rock star, while, after the show, I enjoyed myself walking through the town with the wonderful people of different generations who really understand and like what we are doing. - Frank Lacy, trombone player and singer of Mingus Dynasty

The first time we played at Nišville in 2007, it was raining and we thought it would affect the concert.
But, although it never stopped raining, thanks to the great feedback of the audience and wonderful atmosphere, we had one of the best and longest concerts in our career, although this was supposed to be only a festival performance. It was very similar in 2009, but with no rain and an even larger audience. - Jean Paul Maunick, the leader of Incognito

Fascinated by the wonderful ambience and great atmosphere at this quite big festival, this was a new and wonderful experience. When I get back to USA, I will tell my friends about Nišville. - Grace Kelly, saxophone player

Although I have played at over a thousand concerts, this is my first time in this part of Europe and I was very excited before the concert. The atmosphere at my concerts is similar all over the world, but your audience is very welcoming and this is the reason hardly any festival can be compared to Nišville. -Solomon Burke, the legend of soul (who sadly passed away in 2010 only two months after playing at Nišville)

Phenomenal! The audience is fantastic, the city is beautiful and in a few days I haven’t seen any ugly women or girls. People, I will take you on court, I got used to quince rakija. And the food! What will I do home without the barbecue from Niš?! - Andy Ninvalle, McStewlocks

Read more about this year's line-up, ticket info, and more on our main Nišville page here!

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