Rhodes jazz festival



An international jazz festival at a stunning location inside the medieval castle of the island of Rhodes.

The Festival has hosted important Greek and international artists under Dimitri Vassilakis artistic direction.
Has presented themes like the women’ s role and voice in jazz, jazz democracy, jazz and artificial intelligence, jazz and poetry.
The festival has collaborated with the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta, and has received the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Culture and Sports.
The festival’s philosophy and goal is to make cultural bridges with international jazz festivals, artists, forums, and educational institutions, including an important new collaboration with Bodrum Jazz Festival in Turkey and also to promote young Greek jazz musicians and local talent from Rhodes and the South Aegean.

The festival has the support of the DOPAR – Municipal Organization of Culture and Sports of Rhodes, the Prefecture of South Aegean Sea and the auspices and support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports

Festival Team

Founder – Artistic Director: Dimitrios Vassilakis

Vice President Jazz Democracy, Administration, Communication, Directorate of Educational Programmes: Elena Michailou                      

Coordination, Communication: Danai Tezapsidou

Network management and development in Greece: Penelope Giannakopoulou 

Coordination in Rhodes: Eleftherios Chatziantonis

Social Media: Georgia Theodosiou

Public Relations & Communication: Vaso Sotiriou

Management responsible, International Public Relations & Communication: Redwood Entertainment

Graphic Design: Aris Solomon

Photography, video: Vangelis Hatzikelis

Website: Nikos Tsirigotis

Trailer Editor: Dotmov

Sound and light engineering: Giorgos Axarlis


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Sponsors / Auspices

Co-organized by DOPAR, the Region of South Aegean and Jazz Democracy, with the auspices and support of the Greek Ministry of Culture & Sports. This year the festival is also under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Maritime Affairs & Insular Policy, under the auspices and support of the General Secretariat for the Aegean & Insular Policy, under the auspices of the Greek Ministry of Tourism and the Greek National Tourism Organisation and under the auspices of National & Kapodistrian University of Athens. With the support of the Embassy of Israel in Greece, the Arts Council Luxembourg and the Cyprus Ministry of Education Sport and Youth. With the participation of the International Writers’ & Translators’ Centre of Rhodes. International promotion by Redwood Entertainment  New York

Transportation sponsor: Blue Star Ferries. Hospitality sponsors: Apollo Blue Hotel, Apollo Beach Hotel, Hermes Hotel, 10GR Hotel, Rodos Palace Hotel, Plaza Hotel, Cook’s Club.
Services sponsors: Café Auvergne, Travel Exchange, Rodos Cars, Xenakis Cars.
Communication sponsors: Melodia FM, Pepper Radio, Fantasia.
“Jazz Across the Water” Sisterhood with Bodrum Jazz Festival.
International PR: Redwood Entertainment New York.
Affiliated festivals and institutions: Syros Jazz Festival, Mykonos Music Festival, Rhodes Summer Festival, Koulias Group, Armonia Music School Kos.

“Jazz Democracy” is presented by Dimitri Vassilakis as a forum/performance to showcase how jazz has become global and has embraced the broad democratic values that were first established in ancient Greece.
He talks and performs with a stellar line up of international jazz musicians, educators, artists, scientists, representatives and focuses on concept elements in a jazz performance that can be utilized and embraced when we approach work environment, social or political issues.
Comments on education, connection with other arts plus new technologies in art and society and the ongoing dialogue with artificial intelligence.
“Jazz Democracy NPO” is a non-profit organization dedicated to organize open discussions, forums, performances educational activities and workshops to deliver and spread the jazz and democracy spirit through the global community.

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