We Jazz 2021
29 Nov – 5 Dec, Helsinki

We Jazz Festival

We Jazz is an event first established in 2013 to present a selection of the best contemporary jazz music. Both foreign and domestic artists spread around Helsinki to perform during this week of concerts.

The producers at We Jazz make an effort to continually discover new spaces for music and many of the venues change from year to year. The pairing of artists and venues is aimed at creating the best possible context for the music at hand. This is why many of the We Jazz venues are quite small.

Music is often at its best when experienced at short range. Quality before quantity is what We Jazz wants to present. Every concert is a handpicked and thought-out piece of the bigger picture. We Jazz is often referred to as a festival and as Helsinki’s biggest annual jazz event, and there’s no denying that We Jazz is exactly that.

The terms “installation” and “utopia” have also been used to describe the event. These words capture the essence of the event and gently direct the thought away from the conventional idea of a jazz festival. In addition to introducing the best possible music, We Jazz aims to challenge and renew the ways of presenting jazz.

The event takes place in December when there’s not much else going on. While the timing offers a break from Christmas shopping and some relief into the winter darkness, it also permits an annual glance back at the year of jazz. Many topical artists with fantastic 2021 releases are present in the lineup. We Jazz is a cross-section of the current music but also a collection of timeless jazz across the broad spectrum of styles.

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NOTE. Please purchase your festival tickets in advance to reduce queues. When purchasing from the door, only card payments will be accepted due to hygienic reasons. Also in the merchandise and record sales of the festival, payment can only be made with a card due to corona security.

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Volunteer application period for We Jazz 2021 has ended. Thank you for all the applicants! We’ll be in contact with all the applicants.

Our volunteers are an important part of the festival team. Volunteer tasks include building and decorating the venues, ticket and merchandise sales, assistance in catering, instructing our visitors and cleanup after the gig. If you are at least 18 years old and full of positive energy please fill in the application and come join us at Helsinki’s largest jazz festival!

Volunteering at We Jazz festival is unpaid and gratuitous. Our volunteers can take the amount of shifts they decide, and the shifts are 7 hours long on average. As a thank you we offer our volunteers admission to selected We Jazz concerts, a We Jazz shirt, a light meal during the volunteer shifts and an afterparty when the festival is over. All volunteers will be briefed for their tasks, and it is possible to receive a volunteering reference.

More information: production assistant Jeve Pennonen,


Accreditation for media has ended. We will send a confirmation e-mail to all approved applicants before the event.

Download press photos of the We Jazz 2021 artists

If you use a photo kindly mention the photographer. You’ll find the We Jazz festival photos on our 500px page. If you need photos for print please contact

Media accreditation opens later. The link for accreditation form will be provided on this website.

Further information:


Most of the festival’s concert venues are accessible:

  • Aleksanterin Teatteri
  • Artek Helsinki
  • Glasshouse Helsinki
  • G Livelab Helsinki
  • GLO Hotel Art Jugend Hall
  • Kuudes Linja
  • Suvilahti: Tiivistämö ja Mittarikorjaamo
  • Tanner
  • Tavastia
  • Ääniwalli

COVID-19 & We Jazz 2021

We want We Jazz to be a safe experience for all participants. We follow the instructions and recommendations of the authorities when organizing the event. At the festival, we pay special attention to the level of hygiene and recommend the use of a face mask at concerts. When visiting the festival, please take care of good hand hygiene – hand sanitisers are available at all venues.

The COVID certificate is used at all venues. The COVID certificate is an EU COVID certificate downloaded from My Kanta. The COVID certificate requires proof of either two COVID-19 vaccinations, a negative test result within 72 hours or a certificate of recovery less than six months ago. The COVID certificate and identity card will be checked at the venue door. The reader application does not collect or store health information or other personal information.

We will update more information on COVID-19 policies when needed.


artistic director: Matti Nives
executive director: Katariina Uusitupa
producer: Susse Salonen
technical producer: Teemu Markkula
catering producer: Maiju Talvisto
logistics: Raul Silvennoinen
production assistant: Jeve Pennonen
communications manager: Kiira Koskela
social media coordinator: Roope Pokki
graphic designer: Vera Lönnqvist
We Jazz Record Shop: Eero Löyttyjärvi
board chairman: Moona Tikka

We Jazz Record Shop: Eurantie 8-10 LH 211, 00550 Helsinki,

Partners: Artek, GLO Hotel Art, Music Finland, Olvi, Pop Media, Radio Helsinki, Taideyliopiston Sibelius-Akatemian jazzmusiikin aineryhmä, Web-Veistämö

support: Goethe-Institut Finnland, Helsingin kaupunki, Jenny and Antti Wihuri Foundation, Musiikin edistämissäätiö, Nordisk Kulturfond: PULS, Opetus- ja kulttuuriministeriö, Stiftelsen Emilie och Rudolf Gesellius fond, Suomen kulttuurirahasto, Taiteen edistämiskeskus, Thurings Stiftelse

tickets: Tiketti

accreditation: GEST


Alexander Theatre
Artek Helsinki
Glasshouse Helsinki
G Livelab Helsinki
GLO Hotel Art Jugend Hall
Kahvila Sävy
Kuudes Linja
Secret gig
Restaurant Tanner
Suvilahti: Tiivistämö & Mittarikorjaamo
Way Bakery and Wine Bar

We reserve the right to changes.