Amersfoort (*1259 AD) is known for its well preserved late medieval city centre with canals, market squares, bridges and towngates, churches, chapels and monasteries. The Onze Lieve Vrouwetoren (*1444 AD) is one of the highest towers in the Netherlands.
The Amersfoort Jazz Festival cherishes the beautiful inner city as a unique backdrop for its festival. Under the heading Amersfoort Jazz Heritage, the festival includes several unique and historical locations as full fledged venues, within walking distance of each other: de Observant, de Sint Aegtenkapel, de Mannenzaal, de Lutherse Kerk, de Sint Joriskerk, de Sint Rochuskapel, de Mariënhof and of course the characteristic medieval towngate known as De Koppelpoort. New venues in 2019 are de Johanneskerk and de Volmolen.
All the above locations are included in the Amersfoort Jazz Heritage Walks on Saturday, May 25, which are guided citywalks leading up to intimate top notch World Jazz concerts on the spot. This year’s artists are Bert van den Brink & Rik Cornenissen, Margriet Sjoerdsma & Jeroen van Vliet, Maarten Hogenhuis Trio, Oene van Geel & Jacob Lekkerkerker, Nathalie Schaap Quartet and jazz-DJ Play it again Sem. International artists are Claire Parsons & Eran Har Even Duo (LUX/ISR), Arthur Endo (BRA) and Shakir Kahn (IND). For international attenders, there is an English spoken guided walk available. All concerts are also publicly accessible, without participation in the walk.