Kraj Vardarot Jazz (meaning: Jazz by the Vardar River) refers to one of the most beautiful Macedonian folk songs, which takes place by the very river. It is a symbol of the festival’s healthy ambition towards developing an international event for contemporary jazz, world and classical music. The festival presents the most recent, quality production and performances by renowned authors alongside young and emerging talent.
Kraj Vardarot Jazz as an annual event was launched in 2020 by the record company PMG Recordings in the scope of the work of the PMG Jazz label/music platform.
Thus, complementary to the ongoing label activities, Kraj Vardarot Jazz Festival each year, showcases the most exciting recent quality music from local and international artists. In this manner, the festival supports the continuity of the domestic jazz/world music scene and enables connections to its peers in Europe and around the world possibly.
In 2023 the festival is part of the European MOST music platform in the FEX - Festival & Club Exchange Program. Partnered with Katowice Jazz Art Festival this program also supports the exchange of musicians from Poland and North Macedonia, who will perform live at both upcoming festivals.