Masters of jazz in a stunning Serbian fortress
Held in a Turkish fortress that has stood in Serbia's third-largest city since 1723, the Nišville International Jazz Festival takes this impressive stronghold back to its post-Byzantine days by installing a choice selection of emperors and empresses each August. This time however, the sultans of swing are the most influential in the world of jazz.
Attracting some 100,000 visitors each year, the festival has managed to secure everyone from the saxophonist Grace Kelly to legendary soul star Solomon Burke in the past, as it fills two full programmes of music inside the fort on the Earth and Sky stages.
That's not all though. Its third arena, the River stage, takes things beyond the walls with musicians playing in an intimate amphitheatre down by the Niš wharf.
For those who like to get their hands dirty, there are always a number of workshops on offer too. But whether you're tinkling on a piano, strumming a guitar or whetting a reed instrument, the teachers aren't your run of the mill tutors. Instead, the coaches come straight from the festival's line-up.
Immerse yourself in the colours of Jazz at Nisville!
Assaf Kehati Trio
Brussels Jazz Orchestra
Vlatko Stefanovski i Miroslav Tadić
Vlada Maričić Band feat. Nidia Moya
Irena Blagojević Band
Vox Arsana and Big Band DOM
Fish in Oil
Takamen Nobuki Trio
Daniel Marques Trio
The Original Blues Brothers Band
Taking over the Niš Tvrđava Fortress in Niš, Serbia's third largest city, the Nišville Jazz Festival plays out over three main stages.
The Earth Stage and the Sky Stage both have a unique feel in this well-preserved medieval fortresses, while the River Stage hosts shows down by the town's wharf.
Niš Tvrđava Fortress, Đuke Dinić, Niš, Serbia
The airport is very close to the festival and a taxi should take a matter of minutes and cost around 300 dinars (3 EUR). If you want to take public transport, the city bus line 34 will take you to the city centre.
The festival is in the very centre of Niš, just a short walk from many of the restaurants and hotels.
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