Dear Smidians,

We do our best to meet you again, and with as many of you as possible, at the 5th Smida Jazz Festival, between 19 and 21 August 2021!

🌲 During 3 days, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, we invite you to spend a holiday in Apuseni, where you will enjoy the avant-garde music of local and international jazz groups and the extraordinary nature of the Natural Park.

🎺 We all want to enjoy ourselves again as we used to, but there are still a number of unknown topics about organising events, which we will find out along the way and according to which we will adapt the limited number of tickets, the activity areas and the conditions necessary for everyone to enjoy the festival safely.

🎷 The conditions for camping, food court, parking, and public transport for travel to and from Smida depend very much on the restrictions and safety measures that will be imposed for the summer of 2021 and we will tell you about every decision we make on our channels and on

We hope to meet you again soon, and until then we invite you to watch the aftermovie of the 2019 edition:

Stay close for the artists of the edition and other news! We will be #exploringsounds again!

P.S.: Smida Jazz is a kid-friendly and pet-friendly festival.

Trails to explore in Apuseni and in Transylvania

⛰️🌲 We recently asked you on our Facebook page about your favourite outdoor places from the Apuseni Mountains or, why not, all of Transylvania. We gathered the answers here, in what we hope will turn into a several chapter guide created together by you and us.

Jazz exploring techno(logy)… at Techsylvania 2019!

Get a ticket to SJF 2019 and join the 3,000 technology enthusiasts at the Polyvalent Hall, where you will have the chance to listen to exceptional talks and get insights from entrepreneurs, CEOs, executives, developers and founders of international companies.

I’m taking care of the forest at Smida Jazz!

Our home is the Apuseni Nature Park, one of the 16 nature parks in Romania. Even though it’s a protected area, year after year we bump into numerous bottles, cans, tires and even garbage bags randomly thrown. We want to drive attention to this phenomenon, not only for Smida, but foe all the forest.

There are tools dedicated to preserving clean forests and small gestures that we can do any of us in order not to smother the forest. We want to keep these places clean and wild, as we found them when we came into them as mere guests.

Nik Bärtsch’s Ronin, Szun Waves and Flatsharks will perform at #smidajazz2019

🎹 Nik Bärtsch’s RONIN: elements of disparate musical worlds, be they funk, new classical music or sounds from Japanese ritual music, amalgamated into a coherent new style.
🥁 Szun Waves: will be present in Romania for the first time and will bring sounds from New Hymn To Freedom, recognized by Shabaka Hutchings (Sons of Kemet) as the album of the year 2018;
🎷 Flatsharkss: an emerging and exciting group, with well-known members from the Romanian jazz scene.

James Holden & The Animal Spirits, Leo Betzl Trio, Deus Ex Quartet will perform at #smidajazz2019

🎹 James Holden & The Animal Spirits – a group that combines astral jazz, minimal and rhythms of North African music, obtaining “folk-trance”
🥁 Leo Betzl Trio – techno-jazz obtained purely acoustically by piano, double bass and percussion, without any computers or synthesizers;
🎷 Deus Ex Quartet – a highly appreciated group on the underground Budapest scene, combining contemporary jazz with Hungarian folk, drum and bass and ambiental;

Mammal Hands, Phronesis, Paolo Profeti European Collective will perform at #smidajazz2019

We are excited to announce you the first 3 groups that are part of the #smidajazz2019 line-up:
🎹 Mammal Hands – one of the most exciting bands in Europe often compared to Portico Quartet and GoGo Penguin;
🥁 Phronesis – “One of European jazz’s most dynamic bands”, The Guardian;
🎷 Paolo Profeti European Collective – a cross-border project by a cross-border Collective.
More to come!

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