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Rhodes and Bodrum united in ‘Jazz across the water’

Two events declare themselves ‘sister festivals’
The Rhodes (Greek) International Jazz Festival on the Greek island and the Bodrum (Turkey) Jazz Festival in Turkey, have announced a collaboration as “sister festivals”.

Bodrum and Rhodes are only 60 miles (96 kilometers) apart, the journey by ferry boat takes about two and a half hours. Both have an active and international yachting culture and attract tourists from all over the world.

Ozlem Oktar Varoglu, the Founder, and Tugce Alpaslan, the Director of the Ankara and Bodrum Jazz Festivals, reached out to Dimitrios Vassilakis, Founder and Artistic Director of the Rhodes International Jazz Festival to work together in bringing Greek jazz musicians to perform in Turkey and Turkish jazz musicians to perform in Greece.

Jazz is a truly an international language and for musicians from one country to perform in a neighboring country reinforces the premise that we have much in common. This collaboration can expand the horizons of musicians in both countries promote them internationally and engage in educational activities, open discussions and forums.

The Rhodes International Jazz Festival will take place at the Palace of the Knights from August 28th through August 30t.h Opening the festival in the Palace Courtyard on August 28th is the Turkish group Ayhan Sicimoglu & Latin All Stars with special guest Orhan Osman. The Greek performers at the festival are the Manos Saridakis trio, the Dimitri Vassilakis Quartet, and an ensemble of young musicians from Rhodes.

In addition, a quartet headed by English saxophonist Andy Sheppard will perform on the closing night, August 30th in the Moat Theater of the Palace of the Knights. The festival has the support of the Municipality of Rhodes, the Prefecture of the South Aegean, and is under the auspices of the Greek Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Culture and Tourism.

Entrance is free, seating on a first come first serve basis.

Venues open at 8:00 PM. All details on www.rhodes-international-jazz-festival.com/ The Bodrum Festival takes place from September 1st through September 9th, with the theme of Ethnic Jazz. The Dimitri Vassilakis Quartet will perform on September 2nd presenting his award winning “Daedalus Project – Labyrinth” album and Vassilakis will conduct several workshops and master classes.

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