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The 40th Montreux Jazz Festival will take place from June 30- July 15, 2006. The place to be...

Music lives, and at the Montreux Jazz Festival you can feel its pulse. When it was first held in 1967, the festival lasted three days and concentrated exclusively on jazz, but it has since grown into a gigantic international spectacle. Over 16 days, musicians – from newcomers to legends – from all over the world come and go. Musical forms other than jazz have long since become part of the celebration and now high-class musicians representing just about every musical form produce a colourful mixture of sounds.

Its name alone promises quality, musical diversity and a multicultural atmosphere. The backbone of the festival is formed by the concerts given by big name artists in the Stravinski Auditorium, as well as the experimental fusion of musical styles to be found in the Miles Davis Hall. Another component of Montreux Jazz that has made itself indispensable over the years is the „Off-Festival” outside the Congress Center. This offers over 300 free concerts by artists of all types, staged daily from noon until late at night at various venues. The „Off-Festival” also includes the popular musical cruises on the samba, salsa, gospel and dance ships, which invite festival-goers to take part in a floating carnival.

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  • Updated Apr 4, 2011
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