Two "Jazz in the Park festivals" in Cluj in 2023

Jazz in the Park returns to Central Park with the International Competition. The Ethnographic Park will host the 11th Jazz in the Park Festival.

Cluj-Napoca will host two major Jazz in the Park festivals this year: International Jazz in the Park Competition (Central Park, June 30 - July 2) and Jazz in the Park Festival (Romulus Vuia Ethnographic Park, September 1-3 ).

The International Jazz in the Park Competition is making a return after a three-year break, bringing its sixth edition to life. The event will take place at Central Park, the birthplace of the Jazz in the Park festival 11 years ago. With prize money totaling over 30,000 euros, the competition promises to showcase some of the best jazz talent from around the world. The winner of the competition will receive a special invitation to the autumn jazz festival, and the best Romanian band will have a chance to embark on a national tour organized by Jazz in the Park.

For jazz enthusiasts, the event offers an opportunity to enjoy music in a relaxed and beautiful setting with free access to all. In addition to the competition stages, there will be plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained, including a vinyl fair, wine fair, audition areas, food court, and bars. Fans will be able to experience the same great atmosphere that they have come to expect from Jazz in the Park.

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"Our dream is to make Jazz accessible to the general public. We've been enjoying good feedback from our audience for years, but if we want to impact our niche, it's not enough to distribute content. Often, we cannot give a chance to emerging artists because we also have to choose artists whose names attract the public. For this reason, we created the festival competition, a project that aims to discover artists and give them a chance to assert themselves. Our ambition is to become a benchmark at the European level. We created a contest for artists based on the feedback we received from the artists. We have big, attractive prizes and we’ve put all our energy into creating the perfect context to bring out the maximum potential in the participating bands. Jazz in the Park is our contribution to a better world, and the contest is our contribution to the music industry."
Alin Vaida, founder of Jazz in the Park

Artists who wish to participate in the competition can register on our website,, until March 19th. After a pre-selection phase, the top 15 bands will be selected to perform on stage.

The jury, made up of music industry specialists, will be announced soon.

September will start with a new edition of the Jazz in the Park Festival. The Ethnographic Park "Romulus Vuia," in Cluj-Napoca, became in 2020 the new space of the festival that debuted in 2013 in Central Park. 11 years ago, the event restored the right of the Cluj community to step on the grass and later contributed to the consolidation of a space of closeness and rediscovery through music.

"With each new edition of the Jazz in the Park festival, we strive to improve. This year's edition of the Ethnographic Park will do just that. A celebration of experiences and a sensory experience that combines jazz and the uniqueness of our location. From our line-up to activities and particular areas, the streets of the Ethnographic Park will be transformed into something unique at the beginning of September."
Denisa Dan, director of the Jazz in the Park festival
Tickets for Jazz in the Park can be purchased here.

Jazz in the Park brand events are organized by Fapte, an association that develops people and communities through cultural events. In 2023, two major events will take place in Cluj-Napoca:

· International Jazz in the Park Competition | Central Park | June 30 – July 2
· Jazz in the Park Festival | Ethnographic Park "Romulus Vuia" | September 1-3

© courtesy Jazz in the Park


City Hall and Local Council of the Municipality of Cluj-Napoca,
the Administration of the National Cultural Fund,
the National Ethnographic Park "Romulus Vuia" and Bira Moretti

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