The Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival Foundation is a charitable private not-for-profit foundation dedicated to support and enrich cultural life in Boquete and beyond. Run exclusively by unpaid volunteers, the main activities are the Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival, and the support and promotion of musical entertainment in local schools.
The Boquete Jazz Festival began in 2007 under the direction of Antonio Singh. In 2011, Blues were added to the lineup and the festival was renamed Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival. BJBF events since 2012 have featured top-class Blues acts, in addition to Latin Jazz bands from Central and South America and elsewhere. These Festivals were rated as the best music festivals ever held in the Chiriqui highlands and attracted visitors from all over Panama, Costa Rica, the US, and Europe! From humble beginnings, and though still small in numbers, the Festival has become a well-known fixture on the calendar of musical events in Panama.
The vision of The Boquete Jazz & Blues Festival Foundation is to firmly place Boquete on the national and international map of Jazz and Blues events that are not to be missed. Our mission is to promote the musical arts and tourism in the Chiriqui highlands and beyond by attracting growing numbers of Panamanian and international music-aficionados to this beautiful area. Our dedication is to support musical education at schools in the Boquete area. To this end, 100% of the festival profits go to our Music for Schools program to purchase musical instruments and to improve musical education in local schools.