Cologne Open - Two-day showcase festival at the Cologne Stadtgarten
Last Thursday and last Friday was all about the Cologne Open. It was a first for this showcase festival. On the Concert Hall and Studio 672 stages, we presented ten acts from the young North Rhine-Westphalian scene to the Cologne audience as well as 35 of the most important curators for jazz festivals and venues from all over Europe.
They had gathered at Stadtgarten, the European Centre for Jazz and Contemporary Music, to establish the 'Artistic Exchange Platform' (AEP). This newly founded association constitutes an important networking platform for programming makers and venues in the international jazz scene. In addition to those meetings, panel discussions and evening concerts we took our international guests on a guided tour around Cologne's special cultural spots on Friday afternoon.
Three specials (all in German) about the Cologne Open are available online at the Choices website (Thursday and Friday), nrwjazz.net and the SWR Mediathek. Concert photos are online at our dropbox by Elisa Essex.