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Founded in 2015, the International Jerusalem Jazz Festival is one of Israel’s most beloved musical event.  
Taking place in the splendid art galleries and inspiring sculpture garden of the Israel Museum, the festival features the world and Israel’s leading Jazz artists, presenting original productions, premieres, global-local collaborations,  pop-up improvisations and artist talks.
Under the artistic direction of world-renowned trumpeter Avishai Cohen, the artistic program reflects the whole gamut of contemporary jazz, from supersonic and free jazz, through big band arrangements to video-live, hip hop and groove.  
Against the beautiful, unique artistic backdrop, the festival performances creates a three-way dialogue between music, art and the festival goers. Indeed, the extraordinary encounter between music and art is the festival’s signature from day one and the central pillar of its artistic vision. 
The International Jerusalem Jazz Festival is a production of the Israel Festival, Israel’s leading cross disciplinary cultural event, now in its 63rd year.  The Festival is supported by the Cultural Ministry, the Jerusalem Municipality and the Jerusalem Foundation.

The 10th Jerusalem Jazz Festival will take place June 19-21, 2024.
With the war still raging and the hostages still in captivity, this year’s festival is more intimate and tender, acting as an island of music and art, a place to be together, and breathe.
We continue to pray for the release of our hostages, for the end of war and for peace with our neighbors.
Make Art Not War.



Statement by the Art Director

Embarking on a journey called the Jazz Festival is challenging, interesting and different every year.
Every year the festival is new, the idea of what jazz is and what jazz can be changes constantly, every day, and over the years.
As in every year, what’s important for me is the creation of texture, variety, the jazz puzzle, and at the same time – the essence of the festival, its heartbeat, that is:
Freedom, creativity, improvisation and daring at the center of performances, each and every one of the artists at the festival helping expand the boundaries of the genre and deepening the search for the road not taken.


Avishai Cohen, Art Director


Jazz Festival Team

Eyal Sher, Director | Avishai Cohen, Artistic Director | Hadas Vanunu, Chief Producer | Inbal Dekel Goldberg, Shira Vanunu – artistic team | Odelia Ratzabi, Executive Producer | Yael Hershcovitz, Production Coordinator | Dina Ashkenazi, Account Manager |  Liora Mesilati, Marketing & Sales | Hospitality team | Omer Tzur, Head of Productions and Events Department, Israel Museum |  Yuval Hermoni, Technical Director | Tamir Tubul, lightning design

PR – MonocraveOrly Nekler, Dana Segal
Graphic design & branding – TALOOSH -Tal Fogel
Website –R2K
Social Media & Digital Brief
Tickets – Eventer

Board Members:
Board Members: Adv. Inbar Afek, Chairwoman | | Adv. Imry Ben-Ami | Tamar Berliner | Adv. Gil Brandes | Orly Doron | Mishael Vaknin | | Dr. Tal Kohavi | Yossi Lubaton | Idit amichai | Adv. Iris Papu | Adv. Asi Sharib
Observer: Anat Gilead
Audit Committee:  Prof. Leah Achdut | Adv. Ruth Horn

Accountant office: Avraham Bachar and Co | Internal Auditor: Accountant MIchael Gal | Legal advice: Adv. Tamar Fierberg


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