European Expo Jazz Festival, Sardinia

The European Expo Jazz Festival, set in the historic town of Riola Sardo, is one of the most popular jazz events in Italy. It started in 2004 and for the last nine years it took place in Cagliari. This summer, for the first time, it will move to ‘Parco dei Suoni’ in Riola Sardo (Oristano). The festival will consist of 40 concerts across 3 stages with almost 150 artists taking part. The event will run from 2nd to 5th July.


This year’s highlights include the Japanese pianist Hiromi, performing with her trio; the Cuban composer and pianist Gonzalo Rubalcaba; the Volca’n Quartet, with Giovanni Hidalgo, Armando Gola and Horacio El Negro Hernande; and the British acid jazz band, Incognito. The lineup for the long weekend also includes the American singer Kurt Elling and his band; the French guitarist Biréli Lagrène and Gipsy Project; Elektro Guzzi from Austria; Enrico Rava, Antonio Faraò and the Funk Off band.

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Where to Stay:

If you are looking to combine your visit to the festival with a longer stay to explore the surrounding area, we recommend the rural retreat of Is Benas Country Lodge in the town of Oristano. This is a great base for exploring the unspoilt charms of Oristano and  the rest of Western Sardinia. A week stay costs from £766 per person. The price includes accommodation on half board, BA flights from Heathrow and car hire.


To book call our experts on 0208 940 8399