In Bansko

As per tradition, the much-anticipated Annual International Jazz Festival Bansko marked the beginning of August, bringing together a number of renowned Bulgarian and foreign performers to the summer capital of jazz. The concerts were free of charge and took place from 8 to 13 August at the main square Nikola Vaptsarov in downtown Bansko. Musicians and bands from 12 countries entertained the audience under the open sky during the festival week.

This year’s programme featured popular acts such as China Moses and Raphael Lemonnier, Candy Dulfer, Tania Maria Viva Brazil Quartet, Hubert Tubbs and Band, The Jive Aces, Iyeoka, Camellia Todorova and Brass Association COMBO, Eight Wheel Drive, Sound Underground Trio, Rossella Graziani and Dolce Vita, Sofia Band with special guest Yordanka Hristova and many others.

Being one of the sponsors of the festival, Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko was again a key location for some of the VIP performers. VIP concert tickets with guaranteed seating were available for the hotel guests. In the spirit of the jazz celebrations, the hotel organised free entrance jazz nights of its own on 8 and 10 August at Piano Bar Sing Sing. Vocal instrumental group Pampor entertained the guests with smooth jazz rhythms until late in the evening.

The 17th Jazz Festival has officially ended but the summer festivities will continue with another exciting event – the Bansko Opera Fest. Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko is among the main sponsors of the festival. This year’s edition of the open-air spectacle will start on 29 August at 20:30 with the world-famous ballet Giselle to be presented by the State Opera of Rousse. The second day of the festival will begin at 11:30 with the modern interpretation of Mozart’s one-act opera Bastien and Bastienne. In the evening, the audience will have the pleasure of enjoying Giuseppe Verdi’s legendary opera The Troubadour. The Municipality of Bansko and Monte Music are the organisers of this event. Thanks to the supporters, the festival will again be free and open to all fans of opera and ballet.

Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko will offer attractive accommodation packages during the festival. Free passes for the VIP area will be available exclusively for guests who have booked Executive rooms or suites during the festival.

For further information or bookings, please visit:

About Kempinski:

Created in 1897, Kempinski Hotels is Europe’s oldest luxury hotel group. Kempinski’s rich heritage of impeccable personal service and superb hospitality is complemented by the exclusivity and individuality of its properties. Kempinski now manages a portfolio of 74 five-star hotels in 31 countries and continues to add new properties in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia. Each one reflects the strength and success of the Kempinski brand without losing sight of its heritage. The portfolio comprises historic landmark properties, award-winning urban lifestyle hotels, outstanding resorts, and prestigious residences. Each one is imbued with the quality guests have come to expect from Kempinski while embracing the cultural traditions of its location. Kempinski is a founding member of the Global Hotel Alliance (GHA), the world’s largest alliance of independent hotel brands, which is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2014.

For further information please contact:

Helen Gorbunova ▪ Regional Director PR Eastern Europe ▪
The Hotel Baltschug Kempinski Moscow ▪ Ul. Balchug 1 ▪ Moscow ▪ 115035, Russia
Tel. +7 (495) 287 2000 ▪ Fax +7 (495) 287 2002 ▪

Emiliya Kordeva ▪ Sales and Marketing Coordinator ▪
Kempinski Hotel Grand Arena Bansko ▪ 96, Pirin Street ▪ 2770 Bansko ▪ Bulgaria
Tel. +359 749 88568 ▪ Fax +359 749 88560 ▪

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