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Debrecen Wine and Jazz Days

With cellar-cold wines in hand, we can relax to immersive jazz music in the summer heat of the Debrecen Wine and Jazz Days! 

In just a few days and Hungarian wine and jazz will play the main role on the shores of Lake Békás, as the four-day Debrecen Wine and Jazz Days will start on August 5th. The Debrecen Wine and Jazz Days are the 3rd largest wine event in Hungary and the largest jazz festival in terms of the number of participating artists!

The press conference began with a video greeting by Róbert Maloschik, the art consultant of the event, which was held by the organizers at one of the exhibitors of the program series, Bortársaság’s specialty store in Debrecen. The editor-in-chief of jazzma.hu said that the concerts of Hungary’s oldest, continuously operating Hungarian jazz festival will take place in the vicinity of Lake Békás, on four different stages. 61 concerts and a total of 286 Hungarian jazz musicians will entertain on the high-profile four jazz stages.

Never have so many jazz musicians played at the Debrecen Wine and Jazz Days or any event like it – emphasized István Puskás, Deputy Mayor of Debrecen. The mayor also announced that he would like the event to be included in the database of Hungarian Records, so the experiment will be certified by the Hungarian Record Association. The best performers of Hungarian jazz and the excellent Hungarian wines guarantee that the Wine and Jazz Days are considered one of the most important events of the cultural life of Debrecen each and every year.

Nóra Teremi, a staff member of the Debrecen Wine and Jazz Days jazz programs, emphasized that the program had increased not only in the number of performers, but also in terms of the number of stages. In addition to the Stég, Jazzma and Playground stages, fans of demanding music are also welcome on the Duo stage. It was said that in the framework of a musical main drive, one of the concerts will be about one of the central figures of jazz in Debrecen, Zoltán Zakar. The Budapest Jazz Orchestra, conducted by Gábor Kollmann, will play on the Stég stage in memory of him on Saturday evening, August 7th, from 10:45 P.M.

Ernő Tóth, program director of Főnix Rendezvényszervező Nonprofit Kft., Emphasized that he considered it a great success that Debrecen has not only a tradition but also a future for Hungarian wine culture and Hungarian wines. Nothing proves this more than the fact that winemakers from the most remote Hungarian wine regions are always happy to come to the country’s third largest wine event.

András Tóth, the cultural manager of Főnix Rendezvényszervező Nonprofit Kft., Pointed out that those interested can taste more than half a hundred wines from more than half a hundred Hungarian wineries for four days.

At the Debrecen Wine and Jazz Days, it is also possible to take part in this year’s exclusive wine demonstrations presenting the Wines of the City of Debrecen, where you can taste 6 types of wine from the given winery. The tasters are led by Pál Kovács, the Friend of the Winemakers, with the participation of the winemakers and owners of the given wineries. 

Program of exclusive wine shows:

Thursday, August 5th, 
7:00 P.M. Moon Valley Estate , Tokaj Wine Region; represented by: Gergő Jójárt, winemaker, owner

Friday, August 6th, 
5:00 P.M. Mészáros Wine House , Szekszárd Wine Region; represented by: winemaker Péter Mészáros, owner
7:00 P.M. Vesztergomb Winery , Szekszárd Wine Region; represented by: Csaba Vesztergombi winemaker, owner

Saturday, August 7th,
5:00 P.M. Thummerer Winery , Eger Wine Region; represented by: Paulai Polett owner
7:00 P.M. Dobosi Winery , Balaton Uplands Wine Region; represented by Dániel Dobosi and owner Ilona

Sunday, August 8th,
5:00 P.M. Count Degenfeld Vineyard , Tokaj Wine Region; Balázs Sulyok winemaker

Music offer:

One of the central figures of jazz in Debrecen was Zoltán Zakar , who died at the age of 61 on February 10th this year after a long-term serious illness . The artist from Debrecen was not only played a trombone, but was also an excellent composer and arranger. He has worked with the BJO led by Gábor Kollmann on several occasions, who will remember Zoltán Zakar in a musical drive at his concert on August 7th. “Zoltán Zakar is remembered by the Budapest Jazz Orchestra on Saturday, August 7th, at the Debrecen Wine and Jazz Days. Over the past eight years, many orchestrations and compositions have been the fruit of their joint work. BJO’s four-part vocal record, Levente Szörényi and the productions of BJO, the Elvis Presley concert, Vera Tóth and BJO were unimaginable without the fantastic orchestrations of Zoltán Zakar. The culmination of their joint work culminated in a multi-movement work entitled “Secrets of the Forest”, which is an exciting composition featuring several genres of jazz, composed for ZJO by Zoltán Zakar. The concert will start on Saturday, August 7th, at 10:45 P.M.

István Gyárfás (1962) will be the Artist in Residence for the first two days of the festival (the guitar part) . He will perform with the Gyárfás Family Trio with his sons (Péter Gyárfás – piano, Attila Gyárfás – drums) on August 6th on the Stég Stage . The Artist in Residence Junior will be the event Péter Cseh (1992). He performs with his independent ensemble, the Péter Cseh Quintet (CsP – guitar, Dániel Mester – saxophone, Zsolt Farkas – piano, Márk Miskolczi – bass, Ambrus Richter – drums). The material for their album “In Between” will be shown on Friday, August 6th at 6:45 P.M. on the JazzMa Stage.

The singer Emma Nagy (1998) , who moved from Baja to Budapest, won the “Discoverer of the Year” vote at www.jazzma.hu in January this year . On Saturday and Sunday of the festival, Emma will be “Artist in Residence Junior ” and as a result she will also perform in a duo with her own band and Kéri Samu. Composition of the Emma Nagy Quintet: NE vocals, Péter Cseh guitar, Krisztián Oláh piano, Ábel Dénes bass, Ádám Klausz drums. Their concert will start on Saturday, August 7th at 5:15 P.M. on the Playground Stage next to Lake Békás. Artist in Residenceis Tamás Berki, the former head of the jazz department at the Liszt Ferenc University of Music, who taught most of this year’s singers and celebrated his 75th birthday in May this year.

Magyar Rádió records the concerts of the festival, broadcasts the recordings and makes them available.

Detailed program of the Debrecen Wine and Jazz Days: http://boresjazz.hu/

Rental and ticket prices:

Season ticket ( from the age of 18): HUF 5,900
Daily ticket prices (over the age of 12):
August 5th (Thursday): HUF 1,500,
August 6th (Friday): HUF 2,500,
August 7th (Saturday): HUF 2,500,
August 8th (Sunday): HUF 1,500

Buy tickets online: https://boresjazz.jegy.hu/ 

It is worth buying daily tickets or season tickets online in advance (boresjazz.jegy.hu), because this way we can get to the event much more conveniently!

The Debrecen Wine and Jazz Days gastro-cultural event won the title of “Highly Qualified Festival ” in the Hungarian Festival Registration and Qualification System operated by the Hungarian Festival Association (in 2019) and received (in 2017) one of the most serious European festival qualifiers, EFFE (Europe for Festivals, Festivals for Europe) certified festival title. With this, the Debrecen Wine and Jazz Days entered the ranks of the most prestigious festivals in Europe.

The Debrecen Wine and Jazz Days can only be visited with a protection certificate!