Around the City – Jazzfestival

New jazz festival in Leiden for young and old! .

Experience it with us: the first edition of the brand new jazz festival Around the City, from 9 to 12 September 2021! Jazz and Leiden go hand in hand. Around the City – Jazz Festival brings together the best of jazz. Buy your tickets quickly to enjoy great jazz coronaproof!

Around the City is a stage for talented professional jazz musicians who have hardly been able to play for over a year due to corona. But it is also the place for you, jazz or music lover, to enjoy music and meet each other. 

Dutch top musicians & final Leiden Jazz Award come together in one weekend .

The epicentre of Around the City will be the Stadsgehoorzaal during the first edition, but the dream is for as many venues and cafés in the city as possible to join in and, together with the many jazz venues, become one big festival throughout Leiden. Around the city. And far beyond. The first version concentrates on the Stadsgehoorzaal and the Grand Café Van ‘t Huis, located on the Catharinahof, where you can safely enjoy jazz, subject to the coronagraphs – at one and a half metres.

Around the City – Jazz Festival also provides the stage for the finals of the Biopartner Leiden Jazz Award, a usually annual event where young talent is scouted and launched. During the finals on Saturday afternoon, as part of the Around the City programme, six selected acts / finalists will put their best foot forward to win the highly coveted Biopartner Leiden Jazz Award, which comes with a cash prize of € 1,000. 

Final of Biopartner Leiden Jazz Award.

For young and old, locals and expats Around the City is an adventurous trip along and through all the facets of jazz. Along the music and the music lovers. Whether they are already big jazz fans, or are looking for a place to make contact, with others, with music. Everyone is welcome. On Saturday afternoon, for instance, there is the Artvark Saxophone Quartet especially for children, while in the evening, in the Grote Zaal, top Dutch musicians of international fame take to the ‘mainstage’: the Saskia Laroo Band and Round Midnight Orchestra.

Make your choice from the programme and order your tickets in advance. The tickets can be bought per part of the day or programme. You can also buy a passepartout to enjoy Saturday and Sunday with a big discount! We take into account all coronation regulations and make sure that you and your company can sit at 1.5 metres from others. 


Thursday 9 September: Leidse Geluiden: Ben van den Dungen Quartet Tickets via

Friday 10 September: Leiden Allstar Band with a.o. Arto Boyadjian and Johan Plomp De Buurt/Culthuis Tickets via

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