Launched in October 1987 by the Eilat Municipality, the Eilat Jazz Festival, more popularly known as the Red Sea International Jazz Festival, continues to carry its tradition of inviting prominent Jazz icons to perform in Eilat. Besides offering complete entertainment, it also creates a platform for budding local artists offering innovative and modern approaches. Usually taking place every August, this event is sponsored by the Israel Ministry of Education & Culture, the Eilat Port, the Israel Ministry of Tourism, Eilat Hotels Association and other business sponsors.
Increasingly known as one of the most popular jazz festivals around the world, the Eilat Jazz Festival is the ultimate cultural and musical experience for music lovers. Taking pride on its fine blend of international talents along with a repertoire of emerging local artists, this musical event promises to give an exceptional experience every year.
From Latin and World music to New Orleans and modern jazz, the Red Sea Jazz Festival initiates a wider musical spectrum, promoting original composition and young bands, as well as guest groups from different parts of the world. Joining in the festivity, thousands of music lovers and tourists flock here to attend the annual jazz extravaganza.
The Eilat Jazz Festival usually features 8 to 9 musical performances every night, which are often held in three halls or venues. The intimate venue Piamenta can accommodate 1000 audience in club seating arrangement. On the other hand, the Kaminsky, a midsize venue, has a seating capacity of 2000, while the largest venue, the Gottfried, has 3000 seats.
Every day at 7pm, the music festival opens and everyone is invited to enjoy the free show. If you are fortunate, you can catch some of the concerts at these venues, with the beautiful Red Sea itself serving as the natural backdrop. Surely, regardless where you are seated, the music and energy are bound to mesmerize you, and the concert is certainly a great experience for youth, tourists, families as well as local vacationers.
There are online tickets offered for this festival; a ‘Wide PASS’ permits 4-day admissions to any of the venues, but you can buy a single ticket or ‘Daily PASS’ for every concert. Wide PASS, 2-Day PASS and Daily PASS provide free access to the large venues – Gottfried and Kaminsky, and a first-come first-serve access to the intimate venue Piamenta. Young PASS offers the young generation access to all show only on an availability basis. Also, don’t miss the traditional Jam Sessions at Isrotel Riviera Club Hotel, poolside area.
The festival is participated by various successful and recognized groups and artists. Music artists who have previously performed at Red Sea Jazz Festival include Gretchen Parlato, The Pedrito Martinez Group and Zohar Fresco, Eddie Palmieri & La Perfecta II, Steve Smith & Vital Information, among others.
Eilat Port welcomes music fans across Israel and abroad for the annual summer music event Eilat Jazz Festival, with great music, great food, drinks and loud cheer for a memorable occasion. Everyone is invited to reunite every year with the best in Jazz and have the chance of a wonderful social gathering.