Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival (YSJF) is an annual international music event held in Ystad in southern Sweden. Each year in early August, the five-day festival presents around 40 concerts and related events.
Since it started in 2010, YSJF has featured Swedish legends, rising talent from Sweden and Europe, and international jazz stars such as Quincy Jones, John Schofield, Dianne Reeves, Charles Lloyd, Al Di Meola, The Manhattan Transfer and Hugh Masekela.
The appeal of YSJF is based on presenting high-quality jazz in atmospheric settings and intimate, historic venues, dating from the 13th to 19th centuries, in and around the medieval, coastal town of Ystad.
YSJF, co-arranged by the Yazz association and Musik i Syd, is a non-profit event run entirely by local voluntary efforts – a festival committee who work throughout the year plus over 100 volunteers who work during the festival.
Sweden’s most well-known international pianist, Jan Lundgren, who lives in Ystad, is the festival’s artistic director.
The festival has received the EFFE label of quality for 2019–2020, which is awarded to selected outstanding European festivals.
YSJF is an international festival now widely regarded as one of Europe’s leading summer music events – it is the biggest summer jazz festival in Sweden.
The 10th Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival will be held on 31 July – 4 August 2019.
Ystad Sweden Jazz Festival
c/o Ystads Teater
271 43 Ystad