Berchidda Time in Jazz Festival

One of the best live music events in the country.

Founded (in 1988) and directed by Paolo Fresu in Berchidda, the Time in Jazz festival is one of the most coveted events on the live music national scene. Every year in August the event draws thousands of spectators who flock in this corner of Northern Sardinia between Gallura and Logudoro. The festival’s success is due to the quality and originality of the different shows on the bill which includes events that take place over seven consecutive days, from morning to late at night. The shows are hosted in always different places and spaces: the large arena set in the square in the center of Bechidda (hosting the evening concerts) as well as the Mount Limbara woods, the churches scattered in the town’s countryside and other locations which are of particular historic or environmental importance or are representative of the local social and cultural fabric.

Jazz and improvisation are the stars of the festival. Ornette Coleman, Ahmad Jamal, Uri Caine, Bill Frisell, Dave Douglas, Enrico Rava, Giorgio Gaslini, Enrico Pieranunzi, Maria Pia De Vito, Antonello Salis, Rita Marcotulli, Stefano Bollani, Gianluca Petrella are a few of the many renowned figures who over the years have taken part in the festival at Berchidda, alongside Balkan troupes like Kocani Orkestar and Taraf de Haïdouks, bands from Africa, the Caribbean or Vietnam, tenor choirs and Sardinian impromptu poets, theater actors such as Paolo Rossi, Lella Costa, Ascanio Celestini and Marco Baliani, singers and songwriters such as Ornella Vanoni, Gianmaria Testa, Cristiano De André, Morgan, Teresa De Sio, Alice, Ivan Segreto. The presence of such figures from the music scene underlines  the Time in Jazz festival’s inclusion  of all genres and music styles.

Each production focuses on a different theme which will influence the programme.  Over the years, Time in Jazz festival has explored new jazz trends and has hosted renowned artists

The shows range from ethnic to digital music, experimenting with different combinations of: music and words, music and poetry, music and image, music and play, music and food culture, music and architecture, music and water, air, earth and fire…