The Melbourne International Jazz Festival is a world-class jazz festival held annually in Melbourne Australia since 1998.
For 10 days every year, we take the underground above ground, showcasing and celebrating jazz culture. We bring together the biggest and best names in international jazz alongside leading and emerging contemporary Australian artists. We commission new work and present world premieres and Festival exclusives. We celebrate the history of jazz as we open up its future.
We pack out concert halls, we take over iconic Melbourne spaces, we bring the spirit of jazz to the city streets, we infiltrate the clubs and bars of Melbourne’s music scene. We sit down, we stand up, we dance. We let the music take over.
We shake people out of their every day. We invite them to look up from their phones, away from their computers; disconnect to reconnect. We break down the divide between artist and audience – it’s just people, united by the magic of the moment, knowing what they’re hearing and feeling will only ever happen once.
Due to the global COVID-10 pandemic, the 2020 Melbourne International Jazz Festival went on a hiatus. We went online with our free, live-streamed jazz festival These Digital Times.
We will be back 15-24 October, 2021. To stay up to date with festival news and announcements, subscribe to our e-news via the link below.
Visit the festival archive to see past programs and to read our annual report.