The Paradise Jazz Festival which is a beloved and no profit
cultural event started in 1999 by Socratis
Efstathiou who at that time and for continuously 18 years was running one of the most well known bar–restaurant in Cyprus called Paradise Place, in the beautiful scenery of west coast, at Pomos Village in Paphos district..
Although at first it seemed like a far-fetched idea to
present renowned jazz artists from England
in a border area, the Paradise Jazz Festival was loved by the
audience from the very beginning, first by the British inhabitants of the area, and then with the addition of
musicians from Cyprus, Netherlands,
Bulgaria, Greece, Israel, etc by all island`s nationalities, giving an
international image to it.
evolution of the Festival, with the support of Cyprus Jazz Musicians and
the addition of Mr. George Koulas as Art
Director, gained an institutional character where purpose is to
represent island`s best quality music with
jazz roots and not only. Supports the progress and the authenticity of our island`s
musicians and encourages collaborations with international artists.
It's actually pretty encouraging that we enjoy the
support of our audience who is eagerly seeking information about the dates and
attend our musical meetings, regardless the distance, turning our events into a celebration.
It is for these reasons (the love of our audience and
the institutional character of Paradise Jazz Festival) that- although the
founding member has departed the restaurant business since 2012– we meet every
summer in beautiful Pomos village and back to our beloved Paradise Place. Jazz lovers or not, students, tourists,
locals, from all cities, all ages, all nationalities. Everyone is there!
We thank you deeply for your great support.