Jazz Finland and Savoy Theatre present the annual Jazz-Espa festival for the 20th consecutive summer. The event is a rare treat for the Helsinkians and travellers, even on an international scale: this number of free concerts by such high-level artists in the heart of a city can’t be found anywhere else.

The annual Jazz-Espa concert series and its opening festival offer more than 20 top-notch jazz concerts this upcoming summer. The beloved free shows on the Espa outdoor stage will run from Monday, the 29th of July to Saturday, the 3rd of August, with two concerts taking place every afternoon and one lunch concert at noon. This year will also see the Jazz-Espa 20-year-anniversary opening festival Suvilahti Jazz take over the restaurant ship Merikerho on 28 July.

Year 2019 marks the 20th consecutive summer of Jazz-Espa. Like in previous years, the festival will deliver both experimental styles and traditional sounds and everything in between. Jazz-Espa has established itself as the highlight of Helsinki’s jazz events, both among tourists and locals. Last year, the concert series was attended by 3,500 listeners.

The programme of Jazz-Espa can be found in the bottom of this e-mail, and more information of the performers in English at www.jazzespa.fi/en

Esplanadi Park Open Air Concerts
29 July – 3 August on weekdays at 12:00, 16:00 and 17:30, and on Saturday 3 August at 12:00 and 14:00. On the opening Monday there will be a panel discussion in Finnish about jazz in Helsinki in the early afternoon and the first concert starts at 16:00. The shows do not have an entry fee or age limit and the venue is wheelchair accessible.

Restaurant Ship Merikerho, Sörnäisten rantabulevardi
Sun 28 July
Five international live acts & best vinyl tracks from afternoon till night
Free entry! The ships both decks are wheelchair accessible. Children are welcome to the terrace concerts with a guardian. The programme will be released in April.

Jazz Finland produces the Jazz-Espa and its joint events with the support of the Finnish Music Foundation, MES, and the City of Helsinki. The events are organised in partnership with Savoy Theatre, Restaurant Merikerho, Restaurant Kappeli, Pianoplan T:mi Ari Harenko and Pop & Jazz Conservatory.