Jazz Nights Langnau
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Jazz festivals

The choice of jazz, blues and soul concerts in the Region of Bern is immensely varied, ranging from intimate settings to big stages, castle courtyards to basement grooves.
Internationales Jazzfestival Bern

Night after night, national and international acts shine brightly at the International Jazz Festival in Bern. Some 30,000 jazz fans get to enjoy more than 200 concerts at Marians Jazzroom, under the marquee at the Hotel Innere Enge and the Hotel Schweizerhof.

International Jazz Festival
Jazzwerkstatt Bern

As the name suggests, sparks certainly fly at the Jazzwerkstatt Bern: artists from the region and all over the world get to play together in new ensembles, presenting their ideas to keen audiences at concerts in the PROGR gym.

Be Jazz
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In January, BeJazz kicks off the New Year with a highlight, namely the winter festival at the Vidmarhallen in Bern-Liebefeld. The outdoor BeJazz Summer Festival takes place in July and August. During the concert season, BeJazz also organises two concert evenings a week, featuring contemporary jazz.

Swiss Jazz Orchestra
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From mid-October to the end of May, the renowned Swiss Jazz Orchestra big band can be relied upon to surprise audiences with theme-based jazz music at the Bierhübeli concert venue in Bern. Expect a selection of Latin, bebop and electric music as well as concerts featuring guests from Switzerland and abroad.

Swiss Jazz Orchestra

Langnau Jazz Nights

Langnau im Emmental
Jazz Nights Langnau
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The Jazz Nights in Langnau im Emmental began on a modest scale in 1991, yet this main event has been bringing the big jazz scene together in Switzerland for more than 30 years now. Alongside the main concerts at the Kupferschmiede, there is an ‘off-festival’ in the summer with jazz workshops and a diverse culinary programme.

Langnau Jazz Nights
Jazz Tage Langenthal
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Autumn is the season to enjoy popular jazz in Langenthal. While a Catholic parish hall may be an atypical venue for live concerts packed with jazz, swing, blues, soul, funk and gospel, thanks to the great acoustics, it is the ideal setting for the Jazz Days in Langenthal.

Jazz Days Langenthal
Kulturbühne Jazz

Enjoy a whole range of concerts throughout the summer as part of the Kulturbühne Jazz (Jazz Cultural Stage). At the Kunsthaus in Interlaken, all sorts of jazz bands from the region perform for locals and visitors alike, with stand-out high-quality performances.

Kulturbühne Jazz
Jazz Tage Lenk
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For more than 30 years now, the Jazz Days at Lenk have been bringing vibrant music to the holiday resort every July. On each of the ten days, traditional jazz as well as blues, swing and soul concerts thrill audiences on the main stage, at the gala dinner show, and at other concerts in various hotels and restaurants.

Jazz Days Lenk
Jazz am Doldenhorn

Small-scale but all the nicer for it: in July, the Waldhotel Doldenhorn in Kandersteg sets out to spoil its guests not just with culinary treats but also with musical highlights. Over three days the jazz festival offers the perfect mix of classic jazz, blues, gospel and rock’n’roll. A special atmosphere, right in the heart of nature!

Jazz at the Doldenhorn
Boogie Woogie

Every March, La Neuveville hosts the Boogie Woogie Festival. It’s an opportunity to enjoy a great boogie woogie show and concert tour in the mediaeval town set in the Bernese Jura. The festival closes with a grand finale involving all the pianists as they gather for the traditional Sunday brunch.

Boogie Woogie Festival