#Trade Fair: Canada will be the focus of jazzahead! 2020

We are happy to announce that we are breaking new ground in the choice of next year’s partner country.

The focus in the year of our double-anniversary will be on Canada, which becomes the first partner country from overseas.

The Artistic Directors of jazzahead!, Ulrich Beckerhoff and Peter Schulze remark: „For jazzahead! it is very obvious for us to want to choose Canada for this new departure.

There is a very strong, impressive and self-confident jazz scene there. Canadian jazz is a unique and diverse expression of different influences.“

In 2020 jazzahead! will be 15 years old, and for the tenth time the event will be accompanied by a festival focused on the culture of the partner country.


#Trade Fair: jazzahead! Deadlines

5 September 2019: Online registration starts
5 September – 31 October 2019: Showcase application phase
11 October 2019: Early bird rate for professional participant registration ends
December 2019: Announcement of the showcases to the selected bands
10 January 2020: Second discount rate for professional participant registration ends
January 2020: Official announcement of the showcases
10 March 2020: Deadline guide entry & deadline for stand bookings
17 March 2020: Deadline for ordering extra stand material (service handbook)
1 April 2020: Online registration will close. Registration is possible on site and only for professional participants and media representatives.


15 years of jazzahead! – 10 years of jazzahead! festival – Canada as a partner country

These events call for a celebration!

We’ll kick off our festival with two Canadian singers, both with major international profiles, Laila Biali and Tanya Tagaq, on 17 April at the Theater am Goetheplatz.


And for our GALA CONCERT on Friday, April 24, none other than Rufus Wainwright will come to Bremen to perform Die Glocke!

The award-winning singer-songwriter and pianist Laila Biali is no stranger to Bremen: In 2016, she wowed the audience with her jazzahead showcase performance.

The Washington Times has described Biali‘s musical cosmos as „masterfully mix[ing] jazz and pop, bringing virtuosity and unpredictability to songs that are concise and catchy.“

In the second part of the concert evening, the singer will be Tanya Tagaq.

She is one of the most important representatives of the Inuit, the indigenous people of Canada, and is also one of Canada’s most original and celebrated artists. Although her music is rooted in Inuit throat singing, it has as much to do with electronica, industrial and metal influences as it does with traditional culture.

This Inuk punk is known for delivering performances of tremendous urgency and intensity that are visceral and physical and she always sings with full physical commitment.

Tanya Tagaq toured the world with Björk in 2001 and received the Polaris Music Prize for her album „Animism“ in 2014.For the jazzahead!

GALA CONCERT we will present singer/songwriter Rufus Wainwright at Die Glocke. Rufus Wainwright is highly esteemed and acclaimed by critics and audiences alike, and will be celebrating the German premiere of his new album, being released worldwide in 2020.

Wainwright has released numerous pop albums, set sonnets by William Shakespeare to music for a play by playwright Robert Wilson, and has also completed two operas.

The award-winning musician also contributed music to various blockbuster movies such as „Brokeback Mountain“ and „Shrek“. Elton John once described Wainwright as „the greatest songwriter on the planet.”