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Bansko International Jazz Festival

The Bansko International Jazz Festival is a hidden gem on the European music calendar. Every year in August, the tiny mountain resort town hosts a week of concerts and jam sessions with jazz musicians from all over the world. The festival is Bulgaria's biggest music event, and thousands come to the open-air stage on Nikola Vaptsarov Square in downtown Bansko for the great music and beautiful summer weather. Remarkably, the concerts are free and open to the public; the festival is organised and funded by sponsors. Apart from the big concerts on the square, there are events held on smaller stages throughout the village for the duration of the festival. Traditionally the organisers try their best to ensure that all styles and trends in jazz are represented at the festival so that all tastes are catered for. The Bansko International Jazz Festival has become a big event on Bulgaria's calendar and it is one of the reasons the resort town has expanded and become increasingly successful over the last few years.

Venue: Nikola Vaptsarov Square

Date: 8 - 13 August 2013