Ferrara in Jazz

Ferrara is a city in the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy and is not far from Bologna. It has many ancient palaces and, thanks to its cultural importance, it has been named a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is also the location of one of the most famous Italian festivals dedicated to African–American music, Ferrara in Jazz, which has recently begun in the city.

This year, there will be thirty concerts between the historic walls of the Renaissance Torrione San Giovanni, which will take place over weekends, featuring more than 120 artists celebrating seventeen years of the jazz festival. It will continue until the end of April in 2016 and, as Ferrara can easily be visited from Bologna or Venice, it makes for a lovely day trip or overnight stay if you are holidaying in the region.

This year's edition focuses on the best of the American jazz scene, with particular reference to New York. Confirmed artists include Uri Caine, Wallace Roney, Rob Mazurek, Gary Bartz, Tim Berne and many, many more!

In addition to the concerts, there will also be a number of exhibitions as a part of Ferrara in Jazz. Notably, the Jazz Club will host Birds in Jazz from November 30th to December 21st, featuring Donald Soffritti and Simone di Meo, who are Disney illustrators and have transformed icons of jazz, such as Miles Davis, Paolo Fresu, Louis Armstrong and Chris Potter, into cartoon versions of themselves. Other works can be admired at Castello Estense, including L’Arte per L’Arte from January, with masterpieces by Giovanni Boldini and Filippo de Pisis. There will also be large exhibitions at Palazzo dei Diamanti, such as De Chirico in Ferrara: Metaphysics and the Avant-Garde, which we’re assured cannot be missed!

If you are interested in visiting the Ferrara in Jazz festival and would like to find out more about our festival packages, please contact a member of our friendly team on (UK) 01223 637331 or (US) 1-347-594-5500. Alternatively, please click here to complete an online enquiry form with your vacation requirements and we’ll prepare a tailored and customized holiday quote just for you!

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