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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 off 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
Founder – Artistic Director: Dimitri Vassilakis internationally acclaimed award winning Greek saxophonist, composer, educator and researcher.
Vice President Jazz Democracy, Administration, Communication: Elena Michailou
Coordination, Communication: Danai Tezapsidou
Festival Fundraising: Pinelopi Yannakopoulou
Local Coordinator: Eleftherios Chatziantonis
Social Media: Georgia Theodosiou
PR: Vasso Sotiriou
Management & International PR: Redwood Entertainment
Graphist design: Dotmov, Maria Mavrou
Photography, video: Vaggelis Chatzikelis
Trailer: Kostas Katsantonis
Sound & Lights Director: Giorgos Axarlis
Sponsors / Auspices
With the support of the Municipality of Rhodes DOPAR – Municipal Organization of Culture and Sports of Rhodes, the Prefecture of South Aegean Sea and the Jazz Democracy NPO.
Under the auspices and support of the Ministry of Culture and Sports and the Auspices of the University of Athens.
With the support of the Norwegian Embassy.
Air carrier Sponsor: AEGEAN Airlines.
Transportation Sponsor: Blue Star Ferries.
Hospitality Sponsors: Apollo Blue Hotel, Apollo Beach Hotel, Hermes Hotel, 10GR Hotel, Rodos Palace Hotel.
Service Sponsors: Café Auvergne, Travel exchange, Cairo Coffee House Burger Bar, Paola’s Trattoria.
Media Sponsor: ERT 3 & ERT South Aegean.
“Jazz Across the Water” Sisterhood with Bodrum Jazz Festival.
“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.