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The Izmir Foundation for Culture Arts and Education was founded to pursue all appropriate activities for arts and culture to be researched, studied, thought, learned, protected and extended to the general public. The foundation organizes two festivals each year; The International Izmir Festival and The Izmir European Jazz Festival. The Festival organized every year since 1994, aims to bring together masters and lovers of Jazz in attempt of generating feelings of love, friendship and peace. In the days Turkey’s EU membership started to be worded more often, what started as The “Izmir European Jazz Days” expanded both in content and duration to become The “Izmir European Jazz Festival”. Performers and bands coming from Turkey, France, Austria, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Slovakia and Switzerland with their experimental and electronic works constitute the finest examples of European Jazz. The festival which is organized in cooperation with the Austrian Culture Office, Izmir French Culture Institute, Italian Consulate in Izmir, Luxembourg Embassy, Luxembourg Honorary Consulate in Izmir and Luxembourg Export Office, Adam Mickiewicz Institute and Consulate General of Poland in Istanbul, Slovakian Honorary Consulate in Izmir and Consulate of Switzerland in Izmir is a showcase of European cultural collaboration.
The Festival is a member of the EJN.