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Held each year at the City of Athens
Technopolis in Gazi, the European Jazz Festival has developed
into an Athens
music institution. The event involves close
collaboration between artists of European Union member-states, with jazz musicians from throughout Europe taking part.
Each year, the country presiding over the European
Union Council is responsible for organising the event.
Foreign embassies in Athens and educational institutes contribute
significantly to the staging of the festival.
was first held in 2001 and involved just a small number of countries, however
word of its success soon spread. Each year the number of participating artists
increased, adding variety to the festival programme. All forms of jazz are
featured in the event, which hosts some of Europe's
most renowned artists.