World Blend Café

Pre-sale 7,50
(+ €1 service fee)

Date Friday 24 June, 2022
Start 16:00
Doors open 15:00

| participants and Codarts students/teachers free of charge. First come first served! 

On the occasion of inJazz, a special edition of the World Blend Café in the cafe of Podium Grounds. The focus is on the lively world/jazz scene in Rotterdam. This edition is the closing event of inJazz 2022 including international inJazz-guests.


A musical meeting interspersed with speakers & spectacle to highlight Rotterdam’s global roots and contemporary scene. A unique opportunity to mingle with agents and programmers from all over Europe.

In seaport Rotterdam old roots melt into new musical routes. With its multinational population, this creative city offers a fertile environment for musical innovation. This is expressed in clubs, festivals and the internationally renowned Codarts conservatory, which specialises in flamenco, Latin, morna and Indian music. Moreover, Rotterdam is known as ‘the 10th island of Cape Verde’. The very first record label of both Bonga and Cesaria Evora, Morabeza Records, started in Rotterdam as the vinyl vignette of a lively Cape Verdean community.


  • Bas Pauw
    programme manager international Fonds Podiumkunsten NL
  • Carlos Gonçalves
    chairman Rotterdamse Kunstraad, director Morabeza Records
  • Rob Broek
    head master of music, Codarts
  • Wessel Coppes
    head Jazz, Pop & World, Codarts
  • Michalis Cholevas & Ishtar Bakhtali
    teacher and musician, Codarts music research

MCs: Maite Hontelé, Stan Rijven


Ishtar Quartet – Vocalist who incorporates Indian classical music elements, jazz, electronics and Latin influences into her narrative compositions.

Ishtar Bakhtali – vocals and compositions | Filippos Glinavos – guitar
Ildo Nandja – bass |  Martin Hafizi – drums

Karisma Quartet – 
Brengt een mix van flamenco met jazz.

Guitar: Anoush Saadat | Saxophone: Loek van den Berg
Percussion: Javier Infestas | Double Bass: Ildo Nandja

Since 2006, World Blend Café has been a brand name for face-to-face events for music professionals with a mix of panels, performances & pitches. These networking events are specifically intended for the sector and for anyone who feels connected to it.  During inJazz, we come together in hotspot Grounds where fruitful fusions between jazz, pop & world take root. 

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