The idea for XJAZZ Festival emerged due to the exciting and versatile cultural melting pot Berlin had become over time in the new millenium’s first decade. Since its first edition in 2014 XJAZZ has come a long way. Always questioning predominant dogmas on what music and culture is expected to be, makes XJAZZ more than a regular club festival. Not only has the festival has become a plattform for cultural and social inclusion by providing an exciting program for young and old centered around the Berlin jazz scene. Moreover, it frames the birth of previously unseen artist constellations which play exclusively in the course of XJAZZ Festival. Thus XJAZZ defies and pushes the boundaries of artists, listerners and venues alike.
For its musical and artistic paradigm XJAZZ is dedicated to incorporate the curioustiy and playfulness of iconic jazz legends, newcomers and locals into the cutting edge of intriguing electronica, the transcendence of new classical music and the drive of unique singer/songwriter formations.
The line-up combines jazz with new experimental varieties from the genres of electro, funk, soul and hip-hop and thus overcomes stylistic boundaries. Five days with a total of around 70 concerts on ten stages in Berlin-Kreuzberg will be happening. The artists do not only come from Berlin but come from all over Europe.