This international jazz festival has been held in the town of Kongsberg since 1964.
Picturesque Kongsberg, about an hour southwest of Oslo, is worth the trip at any time of the year, but especially so during the festival. The extensive four-day jazz event plays host to some of the biggest Norwegian names in jazz, plus plenty of established international performers, such as Jamie Cullen.
And, because the festival aims to serve up new and creative music, newer international jazz musicians also make the billing. This is one of Norway’s oldest jazz festivals and over 30,000 guests come to Kongsberg every day to watch dozens of different artists perform across town.
Keep an eye out for the festival’s main stage called the Tubaloon (pictured above), which occupies the Kyrkjetorget square in Kongsberg for three weeks each year. You’ll have to buy a ticket to enjoy concerts at venues, but you’ll be able to hear plenty of free live jazz as you wander along the designated ‘Festival Street’ (Christian Augusts gate).
Profits from the festival are partly used to support charities Amnesty International and SOS Children’s Villages.