Artistic director of the international music festival Jazz Fest Sarajevo Edin Zubčević is the new artistic director of Jazz Festival Ljubljana, the oldest European jazz festival.
Zubčević will perform the function of the Ljubljana jazz festival selector in the next two years, namely the 59th and jubilee 60th edition of this festival. The artistic directors of the Jazz Festival Ljubljana till July this year were the Portuguese expert Pedro Costa with Bogdan Benigar.
Jazz Festival Ljubljana program will be created by Edin Zubčević together with Bogdan Benigar, festival director and head of jazz and world music program of Cankarjev dom – the institution organising the jazz festival.
“We are happy that Edin Zubčević has joined the team, him being a person who in the past 20 years has established the Sarajevo Jazz Fest as one of the most respected cultural events. His contribution to the Jazz Festival in Ljubljana will be significant in several segments – program, production and promotion”, said Uršula Cetinski, general manager of Cankarjev dom at yesterday’s press conference. The press conference featured activities of Cankarjev dom in 2017/2018, including the European Jazz Conference that will be held next week and flamenco biennial planned for the upcoming February. The artistic director of the biennial Ernestina van de Noort was also presented as part of a three-member artistic team, made by Bogdan Benigar and Andrej Jaklič, the head of theater and contemporary dance.
Cankarjev dom is the state institution and the largest cultural and congress center in Slovenia that annually realizes more than 2,000 programs. 465,000 visitors are expected this year and annual income of Cankarjev dom will be over 9.500.000 EUR.
Edin Zubčević is the founder of Jazz Festa Sarajevo, the oldest international music festival in Bosnia and Herzegovina, which over the past two decades has presented more than 700 European and world artists at several hundred concerts, including many world and European premieres. He is also a founder and producer of Gramofon, which has released some of the most important post-war record label releases in Bosnia and Herzegovina of artists such as Dubioza Kolektiv, Zoster, Adi Lukovac, Sikter, Emina Zečaj, Amira Medunjanin, Damir Imamović, Halka, Sanel Redžić and others.
Photo: Uršula Cetinski, Edin Zubčević and Bogdan Benigar at the press conference at Cankarjev dom in Ljubljana (photo by Mare Vaupotič)