In 1982 Tampere Jazz Happening was organized for the first time and ever since it has been a part of the spectrum of cultural events in Tampere every year. Since 1990 the festival has been produced by Tampere Music Festivals which is a part of the Cultural Affairs of the City of Tampere. The Happening brings together the most interesting artists of modern jazz from Finland and from abroad.


Tullikamarin Pakkahuone / Klubi
Tullikamarin aukio 2
FI-33100 Tampere

Tullikamarin aukio 3
FI-33100 Tampere

The age limit for Tampere Jazz Happening venues is 18 years. Under 18-year-olds are admitted only with a parent or a guardian.

If you wish to have a seat, please be on time at the concerts, especially at Telakka. Also the 2nd floor of Telakka is available for the audience during the festival. The Telakka concerts will be shown on the screen!


Parking locations closest to the festival venues are P-Tulli and P-Hämppi.


The Old Customs House Hall and Klubi venues are accessible for people using wheelchairs. Personal assistants are admitted to concerts with their employers free of charge. Accessible toilet provided. At Telakka, toilets are located on the 2nd floor, no lift.


Flight connections: Tampere Public Transport bus number 1A goes from Tampere-Pirkkala airport ("lentoasema") to the centre of Tampere.

Bus and train connections are available from Helsinki-Vantaa airport to Tampere. The timetables are found here (busses) and here (trains).

Long-distance intercity coach timetables: Matkahuolto (final stop: bus station) and Onnibus (final stop: Tampere Kaleva).

Train timetables: VR (Finnish railway company).

The distance from the bus station to the festival area is approximately one kilometer. The railway station ("rautatieasema") is located right next to the venues. When arriving to Kaleva by Onnibus, take a local city bus 3, 17 or 25 and get off at "rautatieasema" stop (travel time approximately 15 minutes).

Local city buses: Tampere Public Transport journey planner is found here. The nearest bus stops to Tullikamarin aukio are on Itsenäisyydenkatu, Rautatieasema and Yliopistonkatu.

Taxi service in Tampere: +358 (0)100 4131.


Holiday Inn Tampere-Central Station offers special prices for festival goers from November 4th to 6th, 2016: 95 € / single room / night and 115 € / double or twin room / night. Bookings by October 12th via e-mail (Enable JavaScript to view protected content.) or by phone (tel. +358 20 055 055, 0,17€/puh + 0,75€/min). Please mention discount code "Jazz2016".

Dream Hostel & Hotel offers -10% on hostel and hotel accommodation. The discount price is valid from November 4th to 6th, 2016. When booking, please mention discount code "JAZZ16". Bookings & more information: Enable JavaScript to view protected content. or tel. +358 45 236 0517.

During the festival, Tampere is full of tourists. Please remember to make your hotel & accommodation reservation as soon as possible. You will find more accommodation possibilities at Visit Tampere.

International Guests

  • Ragnar Berthling, Musikcentrum Öst / Sweden, Sweden
  • Anne Erm, Jazzkaar, Estonia
  • Anna Filipieva,, Russia
  • Jan Granlie, Salt Peanuts, Norway
  • Selwyn Harris, Jazzwise, UK
  • Jan Kobrzinowski, Jazzthetik, Germany
  • Pieter Koten, Vrijstaat O, Belgium
  • Elena Moiseenko, Usadba Jazz Festival, Russia
  • Ivana Ng, The New York City Jazz Record, USA
  • Lee Paterson, Life is like jazz, UK
  • Gerhard Spitzer, International Jazzfestival Saalfelden, Germany
  • Mario Steidl, International Jazzfestival Saalfelden, Germany
  • Annika Westman, Westman Music, Sweden
  • Joe Woodard, DownBeat, USA


Without a permission given by the festival, photographing or any kind of recording of the Tampere Jazz Happening concerts is forbidden. Please ask for the permission from our PR officer Katariina Pasuri, Enable JavaScript to view protected content..

Tampere Jazz Happening in co-operation with

  • Ministry of Education and Culture
  • The Finnish Music Foundation (MES)
  • Ministry for Foreign Affairs in Finland
  • Finnish Broadcasting Company (YLE)
  • Tredea Oy
  • Sokos Hotels, Restel Hotel Group, Tullikamari, Telakka

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