Amman Jazz Festival to kick off virtually next month

Celebrating 9 years of Jazz from around the world, this year’s Amman Jazz Festival (AJF) is going local and online from the 5th to the 10th of November, with a special homegrown line-up that encourages creation in Jordan.
According to a statement by the Orange Red company, concerts of both Amman Jazz Festival, and its parallel event Musiqa 3al Daraj, will be streamed from the heart of Amman and shared with the whole world digitally for free.
The AJF is the only major event dedicated to Jazz in Jordan, which has succeeded in gathering local and international professionals, attracting a wide audience over the years and expanding globally, while creating opportunities for sustainable cultural exchanges. The Festival is known to celebrate diversity, cultural fusion, creativity, unity, and dialogue, by featuring international, regional and local Jazz musicians.
This year’s special 9th Edition presents exclusively Jordanian musicians to an international audience online, switching the cultural exchange around with an approach that is novel to the Festival. The AJF is creating a persistent digital stage in the times of COVID-19, serving the Jordanian independent music scene to connect beyond borders, initiate new projects and productions, to start new musical conversation, and to introduce fresh sounds.
"What we are aspiring for is to re-think the new now, the new tomorrow, and come up with alternative solutions in these challenging times, rooted in our mission to move the industry forward by supporting the local independent music scene, through providing the opportunities needed for the musicians to flourish", said Lama Hazboun, Founder of Amman Jazz Festival.
Additionally, she stated that the Festival is hosting the second edition of "Musiqa 3al Daraj" realized by Orange Red and the Goethe-Institut Jordan; a special concert series which has proven popular since last year, bringing Jordanian indie music to the public staircases of Amman, away from classical locations and closer to the hearts of people.
Abiding by safety measurements, this second edition will be realized on different staircases of the MMAG Foundation in old Amman, where concerts will be filmed to be streamed online to an international audience; in collaboration with the Greater Amman Municipality and supported by the European Union and EUNIC.
"Together with our partners, the Goethe-Institut Jordan seeks to make music accessible to people from all walks of life, and to endorse Jordanian artists from various musical backgrounds," said Laura Hartz, Director of the Goethe-Institut Jordan, adding that opening public spaces for art and culture has been a focus of our work for the past years.
Amman Jazz Festival is produced by OrangeRed, funded by the European Union, and the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC), Institut Francais, and in partnership with the Greater Amman Municipality, MMAG Foundation.
15 October 2020