Jazz Cerkno program director.
Simon Kenda (1985) has been a part of the organisational and programming team of the Jazz Cerkno institute since 2014, where he was invited on the basis of rich experience he gained during his 10 years of involvement in the organisation of music and cultural events and the management of non governmental organisations. In the beginning of 2015, after the sudden death of Boštjan Cvek, he took over the management and preparation of all program content of the Jazz Cerkno Institute. Here he continues with the original program guidelines of the institute which organises internationally known festival Jazz Cerkno and concert series called Festival Keltika, where they program about 25 concerts per year. As program director he was invited to major jazz meetings such as Jazzahead!, European jazz conference, Belgian Jazz Meeting, Luxembourg jazz meeting, Kick jazz festival Austria. He regularly visits important European festivals abroad such as the Saalfelden Jazz Festival, Skopje Jazz Festival and Jazz fest Sarajevo and also cooperates with program related festivals such as Artacts, Unlimited, Jazz & Wine Cormons, Ring ring Belgrade... Since 2018 Jazz Cerkno is also member of European jazz network. In this way he broadens the knowledge of jazz and related music, keeps in touch with European promoters and strengthens existing program cooperation with foreign festivals, venues and promotors.