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Wednesday, 5 July 2023, the 27th edition of the Gărâna Jazz Festival begins!

– full programme and useful information –

Wednesday, July 5, marks the start of Gărâna Jazz Festival 2023! Prepared with a rich and carefully crafted line-up, we expect the music-loving public to take part, for 5 days, in the most intense jazz event of the year. The two stages of the festival, the main stage in Poiana Lupului and the Experimental Stage Empowered by UniCredit Bank at the Catholic Church in the village of Văliug, will host more than 80 talented and virtuoso musicians from 18 countries.

The musical route that the audience will follow until the last concert of the festival, by the long-awaited Anouar Brahem Quartet, touches on the most exciting areas of jazz today. The summer jazz adventure kicks off with an evening dedicated to musicians from Poland, continuing last year’s tradition. In collaboration with the Zbigniew Seifert Foundation, Seifert Night at Gărâna Jazz Festival will take place in Poiana Lupului on Wednesday 5 July 2023. Leszek Możdżer, Marcin Wasilewski Trio and Marcin Pater Trio will bring to the stage the strong essences of Polish jazz.

The next four days of the festival will cross jazz-rock, funk, fusion, world music, Nordic jazz landscapes with Blazzaj, Austrian Syndicate, Paul Zauner Quartet, Per Mathisen & Jan Gunnar Hoff feat Nguyên Lê & Gary Husband, JazzyBIT, Julian & Roman Wasserfuhr feat Jörg Brinkmann, Enzo Favata – The Crossing, Daniel Herskedal Trio and The Side Effects – Stian Carstensen, Marius Neset, Thomas Strønen.

From Friday to Sunday, the Experimental Stage Empowered by UniCredit Bank at the Catholic Church in the village of Văliug will set the starting time for the trail at 11:00 with 7th SENSE and Marquis Noir. Saturday, 8 July, pianist Vasil Hadžimanov will perform a solo recital, followed by Răzvan Cipcă Trio. Sunday, 9 July, the extraordinary recital of tuba maestro Michel Godard will be followed by the equally enchanting concert of Marta Popovici.

The Gărâna expedition will also reach the generous area of vocal jazz, where you will discover a range of charismatic musicians with impressive vocal qualities. Rebekka Bakken, Sinikka Langeland, Nataša Mirković, Camille Bertault and Dean Bowman are exceptional vocalists, supported in their explorations by artists of the calibre of Bendik Hofseth, Markku Ounaskari, Michel Godard, Luciano Biondini, David Helbock and Vasil Hadžimanov. Saxophonist Oded Tzur‘s quartet seems to be a departure from this pattern, but his instrumental voice is sure to win you over.

Organizing the 27th edition of the Gărâna Jazz Festival as we wanted would not have been possible without the support of our partners: Ministry of Culture, Timișoara City Hall through the Project Centre, Reșița City Hall, Caraș Severin County Council, Adam Mickiewicz Institute, Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, Zbigniew Seifert Foundation, French Institute, German Cultural Centre Timișoara, Polish Institute Bucharest, Italian Institute of Culture Bucharest, Music Norway, Arts and Culture Norway, West University Timișoara, Polytechnic University Timișoara; sponsors: UniCredit Bank, Catena, Egeria, Bioclinica, Orange, Schweppes, OMV, Comtim, CM Metal Trading, Simbol Print, Urban Monkey, Porsche Timisoara; with the support of: Gasthof Tirol, Prin Banat Association, Común cafe, Bob Coffee Lab, Bibliopolis Bookshops, Andante Music; media partners: Radio Guerrilla, Radio Timișoara, Radio Reșița, TVR Timișoara, Dilema Veche and Igloo Magazine.

Thanks to everyone for their support!


If you have not yet purchased tickets for the festival, you can still do so online at or in Inmedio & RELAY, Germanos, Vodafone and Romanian Post Offices. Tickets will also be available on site, at the access point in Poiana Lupului, from Wednesday, starting at 15.00, in three versions: one-day ticket – at the price of 140 lei, subscription for the whole festival period – at the price of 650 lei and 4-day subscription (Thursday – Sunday) – 520 lei. Children under 14 have free entry.

Useful information

The Gărâna Jazz Festival can be reached by car from Reșița or from Slatina-Timiș, both roads being in good condition.

Some of the most popular campsites are Gărâna Camping and 3 Ape. The weather forecast for the five days of the festival indicates temperatures of 20-24 degrees during the day and showers. After sunset, temperatures can drop below 15 degrees. That’s why thick clothes, boots, raincoats or umbrellas should not be missing from your festival bag.

Small children are welcome at the festival. We recommend that children wear earphones and sit further away from the stage so that they are not affected by the high sound level during the concerts. People who come with dogs must not let them loose and too close to the stage, where the noise can also affect them.


At the Gărâna Jazz Festival, in the mornings and evenings you have a ready-made programme, but during the day you have to improvise. We recommend 5 “improvisation themes”: discover the beauty of the village of Gărâna and the local gastronomy. Goulash and strudel are famous here!

Explore the forests in the area: to the Semenic ridge or around the Gozna and Breazova in Văliug; to reach the highest mountain peaks in the area – Semenic Peak and Piatra Goznei Peak; to sunbathe and bathe in the specially arranged places at the 3 Ape resort (Brebu Nou) or at Ponton – Casa Baraj (Văliug). If you are passionate about mountain biking, the Văliug – Semenic – Gărâna – Brebu Nou area has many trails to choose from.

More information about the programme, invited musicians, transport possibilities in the area, accommodation or camping is available on

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The Gărâna International Jazz Festival is organised by the Jazz Banat Cultural Foundation. Over the past 26 years, more than 100,000 spectators and numerous internationally renowned artists have shared the experience of avant-garde jazz music listened to under the open sky in the small village in the heart of Banat. The following artists have graced Gărâna with their presence: Eberhard Weber, Jan Garbarek, Stanley Clarke, Mike Stern, Tomasz Stańko, Enrico Rava, Jean-Luc Ponty, Stanley Jordan, John Abercrombie, Miroslav Vitouš, Zakir Hussain, Bugge Wesseltoft,Youn Sun Nah, Charles Lloyd, John Scofield, Jack DeJohnette, Hiromi, Terje Rypdal, Dhafer Youssef and many others. Details on

Programme of edition 27:

Wednesday, 5 July, Poiana Lupului (Wolf’s Meadow):

Seifert Night at Gărâna Jazz Festival

6 PM (access starts at 5 PM), Poiana Lupului Stage:

Seifert Night at Gărâna Jazz Festival

Marcin Wasilewski Trio

Leszek Możdżer

Marcin Pater Trio

Thursday, 6 July, Poiana Lupului: (Wolf’s Meadow)

6 PM (access starts at 5 PM), Poiana Lupului Stage:


Paul Zauner Quartet

Julian & Roman Wasserfuhr feat Jörg Brinkmann

Austrian Syndicate

Friday, 7 July:

11:00 AM, Experimental Stage Empowered by UniCredit Bank – Catholic Church in Văliug:


Marquis Noir

6 PM (access starts at 5 PM), Poiana Lupului Stage:

Enzo Favata Band – The Crossing

Camille Bertault & David Helbock


Per Mathisen & Jan Gunnar Hoff feat Nguyên Lê & Gary Husband

Saturday, 8 July,

11:00 AM, Experimental Stage Empowered by UniCredit Bank – Catholic Church in Văliug:

Vasil Hadžimanov solo

Răzvan Cipcă Trio

6 PM (access starts at 5 PM), Poiana Lupului Stage:

Dean Bowman’s 5000-pound Band

Sinikka Langeland – Wind and Sun

Michel Godard feat. Luciano Biondini & Nataša Mirković

Oded Tzur Quartet

Rebekka Bakken Band

Sunday, 9 July.

11:00 AM, Experimental Stage Empowered by UniCredit Bank – Catholic Church in Văliug:

Michel Godard solo

Marta Popovici

6 PM (access starts at 5 PM), Poiana Lupului Stage:

Anouar Brahem Quartet

Daniel Herskedal Trio

The Side Effects – Marius Neset, Stian Carstensen, Thomas Strønen