Kreuzberg is more commonly known for its grungy hipster vibes, but for the next 2 weeks it will be jazz central as host of the 2nd annual Scope Festival.
The festival kicked off this week and runs right through until Monday the 30th of October. Scope is a German-Finnish co-production, with Matti Nives from the We Jazz Festival in Helsinki and Florian Burger, head of the Berlin XJazz Festival, deciding to collaborate after many years of mutual admiration.
The festival launched in 2016 and is the first live event for Nordic Jazz outside of Scandinavia. Fans of the genre will not be disappointed, with a stellar line up throughout the 2 weeks of the festival. Established artists share billing with newcomers and shows will take place at some of Kreuzberg’s most famous venues including Lido, Berghain canteen, Privatclub, Prince Charles and Huxleys.
Highlights include Norwegian trumpeter Nils Petter Molvaer at Lido, Icelandic duo Kiasmos at Huxleys, ADHD also from Iceland at Bargain Kantine and Copenhagen’s Girls in Airports at Prince Charles. Tickets can be purchased here online.
Nordic jazz is a unique genre and one that has a strong fan base in Scandinavia and a growing fan base elsewhere. Though jazz is the focus, the festival will also include a range of other music from Scandinavian artists – from jazz to electronic, classical to experimental, pop to techno.