On Saturday the concerts take place mainly in the south, on Sunday in the north of the capital region. With the exception of the program on Saturday evening at 9 p.m., when around thirty amateur musicians from 11 communities give their balcony concerts. All concerts are free.
Incidentally, the concerts in the respective parishes are given by musicians who live in that parish. They introduce themselves and their community in a podcast. “Every musician lives in the community in which he or she performs and becomes a Brussels Jazz Ambassador,” explains Steven Palmaers, organizer of the festival: “We have gypsy jazz, afro jazz … The program is very eclectic Because the balconies are much smaller than normal stages, they are not accompanied by their band. Sometimes they are solo and that is a big challenge for them. ”
A maximum of 50 people are allowed under the balconies. Volunteers make sure that the distance rules are observed.
The jazz weekend ends with a concert by Brussels Jazz Orchestra on the balcony of the Broodhuis on the Grand’Place on Sunday at 9 p.m.
The Brussels Jazz Weekend, which was launched in 2017 based on the Brussels Jazz Marathon, usually reaches up to 300,000 spectators with around 700 artists performing in bars and squares across Brussels. The 2020 edition was canceled due to the health crisis.