About Jazzfest Berlin

Berlin Jazz Festival

1 – 4 November 2018

Founded in 1964 the Berlin Jazz Festival is one of the longest running European festivals of international renown. Known as Berliner Jazztage until 1980 it was directed by Joachim-Ernst Berendt (1964-72), George Gruntz (1973-94), Albert Mangelsdorff (1995-2000), Nils Landgren (2001, 2008-11), John Corbett (2002), Peter Schulze (2003-07), Bert Nogik (2012-14) and Richard Williams (2015-17) and is curated since 2018 by the curator Nadin Deventer.

Whereas famous US-jazz celebrities set the tone during the first decades, the Berlin Jazz Festival increasingly has presented artists from all around the globe, with an increasing emphasis on contemporary European jazz.

Presently residing at Haus der Berliner Festspiele, a 1000-seater theatre run by the festival’s parent company Berliner Festspiele, plus a couple of satellite venues, the festival mostly draws capacity audiences, with media partners ARD (public)radio(system) and Deutschlandradio documenting the musical scope by simulcasts and live-recordings.

Nadin Deventer

Nadin Deventer, born in 1977, studied European studies and music in Paris, Amsterdam and Berlin. For 15 years she has been active as a curator, dramaturg and project director in various contexts in the cultural arena and has left her mark on van Vlaanderen festival programmes in Brussels and, following that, the jazz cultural landscape in the Ruhr district in particular. She worked at the Ruhrtriennale and in the team of Ruhr.2010, European Capital of Culture, for which she curated “No blah-blah!”, an international jazz programme with 60 projects in more than 20 cities. For nine years (2007-2016), Nadin Deventer directed the “jazzwerkruhr”, a regional network and festival that she successively developed further with innovative projects such as “jazzplayseurope” into an international artists’ workshop and coproduction cell. In 2011, she carried out the award-winning 24- hours-run “What’s in the fridge?”, a bi-national cooperation project within the framework of the “Jazztopad Festival” in Wroclaw. As artistic director, she created the third edition of “festival n.a.t.u.r. – natürliche ästhetik trifft urbanen raum”, a platform situated between art, culture, actionism, urbanity and ecology with 171 events during 12 festival days. From 2012 to 2018 she was appointed to the board of the “europe jazz network”. From 2014 to 2017 she worked as the head of organisation for the Berliner Festspiele’s directorship responsible for the Jazzfest Berlin as well as for guest performances and artistic projects initiated by the Berliner Festspiele. Since 2018 she is artistic director of Jazzfest Berlin.
Image: Nadin Deventer © Camille Blake