About the Festival
Established in 2001. year, Liburnia Jazz Festival – by the recognition, number of concerts and visitors – is definitely the largest jazz festival in Croatia and the region.
The festival started in Lovran, but in 2003 got moved to Opatija, the leading Croatian tourist destination with a reputation of "Pearl of the Adriatic Sea." Every first weekend in July, Jazz lives in Opatija. More than 4,000 visitors from all Croatian regions and neighbour countries pilgrimage Liburnia Jazz Festival every year. Our goal is to bring jazz music to those whose "ears" are not accustomed to jazz, and to those who think that jazz music is only for musicians. Our job is to convince them otherwise. We are proud of the fact that we succeed in it from year to year.
Past editions headliners:
Joe Zawinul Syndicate- Richard Bona-MikeStern- Mike Mainieri & Steps Ahead- Kenny Garrett-Eliane Ellias-Medeski Martin & Wood-Christian Scott-Tower of Power-Hiromi-Larry Carlton-Ignacio Berroa-Maria Joao-Gonzalo Rubalcaba-Jose Armando Gola-Horacio 'El Negro' Hernandez-Giovanni Hidalgo
The program that we offer to our audience is carefully selected and it can satisfy even themost demanding jazz fans, and can thrill and "convert" complete newcomers to jazz listener. We invite truly exceptional musicians whose personalities and artistic work shows what jazz is, and what it will become. In addition to great concerts on the main stage, there is an off Festival program, called Street Jazz. It takes place at seven locations in the city from an early afternoon until evening.
The speciality of Liburnia Jazz Festival is the movable stage JAZZ BOAT. JazzBoat is a tourist boat that sails along the Opatija Riviera with live jazz music.