Festival History

Akbank Jazz Festival, the most perennial jazz festival in Turkey, was launched in 1991 with concerts organized in Istanbul. Not only hosting the prominent jazz figures across the world but also paving the way for emerging and promising next-gen artists, the Festival has now made it into a versatile organization by adopting panels, workshops, film screening sessions, concerts and social responsibility projects.

In time, Akbank Jazz Festival has expanded its musical scope by including various electronic and world music projects, along with classical and modern jazz works. In doing so, it reached an indispensable position as an event not only vis-à-vis jazz-enthusiasts, also for enthusiasts of other genres. The Festival was held in a wide range of venues including Akbank Sanat, Aya Irini Museum, Babylon, Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, Zorlu Center PSM, where it featured numerous major jazz artists as well as artists from other genres and generations including Cecil Taylor, Archie Shepp, Roberto Fonseca, Terje Rypdal, Miroslav Vitous, Nils Peter Molvear, Anouar Brahem Trio, Abdullah Ibrahim, Aydın Esen, Betty Carter Trio, Dave Holland, John Zorn, Cassandra Wilson, Joachim Kühn, Joe Zawinul, Anthony Braxton, McCoy Tyner, Joe Lovano, Egberto Gismonti Trio, Courtney Pine, Pharoah Sanders, Muhal Richard Abrams, Roscoe Mitchell, Arto Lindsay, Richard Bona, Max Roach, Nguyen Le, Dino Saluzzi, Jimmy Smith, Ayşe Tütüncü, Art Ensemble of Chicago, Trio 3, Aki Takase, Sam Rivers, Don Cherry, Richard Galliano, Biréli Lagrène, Stephan Micus, Steve Turre, Charles Lloyd New Quartet, Avishai Cohen "Seven Seas", Arild Andersen Trio, Maffy Falay Sextet, Dusko Goykovich Quartet, Paul Motian, The Ray Gelato Giants, Azam Ali & Niyaz, Robert Glasper Experiment, Vijay Iyer Trio, ZAZ, Christian McBride Trio, Jamie Cullum, Kenny Barron & Dave Holland, Leszek Możdżer, China Moses, Ambrose Akinmusire, Chet Faker, Enrico Rava and Nicholas Payton.

Presented with assorted changes each year, Akbank Jazz Festival reached various cities of Turkey other than Istanbul, with the launch of Jazz on Campus concerts held since 2006. This series of concerts was organized in various cities including Ankara, Eskişehir, Gaziantep, İzmir, Eskişehir, Trabzon, Adana, Erzurum, Kayseri, Kars and many more.

In 2010, Akbank Jazz Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary which was honored by a compilation album, an epitome of its history, and a retrospective documentary and book. In 2011, the 20th edition of Akbank Jazz Festival was awarded the category prize of "Corporate Social Responsibility – Culture and Art" as part of the Golden Compass Awards organized by Turkey Public Relations Association (TÜHİD). Having celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2015, the festival compiled a rich collection of contemporary Turkish jazz scene, consisting of 2 CD's. Featuring a limited number of vinyl records released to cherish the quarter-century past, the festival also presents a short selection of the 60's and 70's Turkish jazz panorama in this album.

Akbank Jazz Festival also realized various roaring projects across digital media by gatewaying a whole new dimension for communication with followers through social media. The Festival was granted various awards within the scope of Stevie Awards and Creativity International Awards for its social media projects entitled Akbank Jazz Festival T-shirt Design Competition and Akbank Jazz Radio. Akbank Jazz Festival is a member of European Jazz Network.

27. Akbank Jazz Festival

27. Akbank Jazz Festival

3 November - 19 November 2017

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27. Akbank Jazz Festival Selection

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16 APR MON
1

13:00

14th Akbank Short Film Festival at Universities

Kocaeli Üniversitesi (İletişim Fakültesi 3 Mayıs Amfisi)

17 APR TUE
3

14:00

14th Akbank Short Film Festival at Universities

Ege University Communication Faculty

14:00

14th Akbank Short Film Festival at Universities

Fırat Üniversitesi (İletişim Fakültesi Radyo TV Sinema Bölümü Amfi-2)

18:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

18 APR WED
6

Exhibition Remix

Akbank Sanat

14:00

14th Akbank Short Film Festival at Universities

İzmir Yüksek Teknoloji Enstitüsü (İYTE Gösteri Merkezi)

14:00

14th Akbank Short Film Festival at Universities

Batman Üniversitesi (Güzel Sanatlar Fakültesi - F - 5)

17:00

14th Akbank Short Film Festival at Universities

İzmir Yüksek Teknoloji Enstitüsü (İYTE Gösteri Merkezi)

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

20:00

Social Inclusion Band

Akbank Sanat

19 APR THU
5

Exhibition Remix

Akbank Sanat

13:00

14th Akbank Short Film Festival at Universities

Mersin Üniversitesi (Uğur Oral Kültür Merkezi)

13:30

14th Akbank Short Film Festival at Universities

Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi (Güzel Sanatlar Fakültesi)

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

19:00

REMIX Conversation SeriesRemix-Reset-Resound: Musical Recycle Bin

Akbank Sanat

20 APR FRI
4

Exhibition Remix

Akbank Sanat

10:30

14th Akbank Short Film Festival at Universities

İzmir Ekonomi Üniversitesi

18:30

Architecture Seminar SeriesArt and Architecture, as a Medium of Mutual Representation

Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

21 APR SAT
10

Creative Dance Courses for Children

Akbank Sanat

Exhibition Remix

Akbank Sanat

11:00

I Am a Work of Art (Ages 6-14)

Akbank Sanat

11:30

Akbank Children's Theatre / Gorilla

Akbank Sanat

12:30

Geometric Art (Ages 6-12)

Akbank Sanat

14:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

15:30

Series on ConversationSocial Media Abyss

Akbank Sanat

15:30

The Constituent of Art: Play

Akbank Sanat

17:00

Mosaic Sculpture Workshop (For 7-14 Ages)

Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

22 APR SUN
-
23 APR MON
-
24 APR TUE
7

Exhibition Remix

Akbank Sanat

10:30

Toy Sculpture Workshop

Akbank Sanat

12:30

Mini Mosaics Workshop (For 7 – 14 Ages)

Akbank Sanat

14:00

14th Akbank Short Film Festival at Universities

Kastamonu University (Ahmet Yesevi Konferans Salonu)

18:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Cognita Mindfulness Workshop “The power of empathy”

Akbank Sanat

19:00

Why Me? / De Ce Eu?

Akbank Sanat

25 APR WED
4

Exhibition Remix

Akbank Sanat

14:00

14th Akbank Short Film Festival at Universities

Abant İzzet Baysal Üniversitesi

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

20:00

Akbank Sanat 25th Year ConcertsDavid Helbock Trio

Akbank Sanat

26 APR THU
8

Exhibition Remix

Akbank Sanat

09:30

14th Akbank Short Film Festival at Universities

Çukurova Üniversitesi (İletişim Fakültesi Konferans Salonu)

12:30

14th Akbank Short Film Festival at Universities

Muğla Sıtkı Koçman Üniversitesi (Şükran-Rauf Nasuhoğlu Kültür Merkezi Yeşil Salon)

13:30

14th Akbank Short Film Festival at Universities

Çukurova Üniversitesi (İletişim Fakültesi Konferans Salonu)

14:00

14th Akbank Short Film Festival at Universities

Bülent Ecevit Üniversitesi (Sezai Karakoç Kültür Merkezi)

18:30

Short Film Workshop

Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

19:00

Of Snails and Men / Despre Oameni Si Melci

Akbank Sanat

27 APR FRI
8

Exhibition Remix

Akbank Sanat

09:30

14th Akbank Short Film Festival at Universities

Çukurova Üniversitesi (İletişim Fakültesi Konferans Salonu)

13:30

14th Akbank Short Film Festival at Universities

Çukurova Üniversitesi (İletişim Fakültesi Konferans Salonu)

14:00

14th Akbank Short Film Festival at Universities

Van Yüzüncü Yıl Üniversitesi

15:00

14th Akbank Short Film Festival at Universities

Üsküdar Üniversitesi (Nermin Tarhan Konferans Salonu)

18:30

Short Film Workshop

Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

19:00

REMIX Konuşma Dizisi Creative Recurrence in Contemporary Architecture

Akbank Sanat

28 APR SAT
9

Creative Dance Courses for Children

Akbank Sanat

Exhibition Remix

Akbank Sanat

11:00

I Am a Work of Art (Ages 6-14)

Akbank Sanat

11:30

Akbank Children's Theatre / Gorilla

Akbank Sanat

12:30

Geometric Art (Ages 6-12)

Akbank Sanat

14:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

15:30

Mini Mosaics Workshop (For 7 – 14 Ages)

Akbank Sanat

17:00

Sculpture Hands & Arms(For 9-12 Ages)

Akbank Sanat

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

29 APR SUN
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30 APR MON
1

16:00

14th Akbank Short Film Festival at Universities

Boğaziçi Üniversitesi (Mithat Alam Film Merkezi)

01 MAY TUE
1

Exhibition Remix

Akbank Sanat

02 MAY WED
5

Exhibition Remix

Akbank Sanat

12:30

14th Akbank Short Film Festival at Universities

İstanbul Kültür Üniversitesi (Önder Öztunalı Konferans Salonu)

13:30

14th Akbank Short Film Festival at Universities

Kayseri Erciyes Üniversitesi (Süleyman Çetinsaya İletişim Fakültesi Nurcan Çetinsaya Konferans Salonu)

17:30

14th Akbank Short Film Festival at Universities

Kayseri Erciyes Üniversitesi (Süleyman Çetinsaya İletişim Fakültesi Nurcan Çetinsaya Konferans Salonu)

19:00

REMIX Conversation SeriesArt Remixes and Self-Service

Akbank Sanat

03 MAY THU
2

Exhibition Remix

Akbank Sanat

12:30

14th Akbank Short Film Festival at Universities

Özyeğin Üniversitesi

04 MAY FRI
2

Exhibition Remix

Akbank Sanat

13:00

14th Akbank Short Film Festival at Universities

Beykent Üniversitesi (Ayazağa Yerleşkesi Konferans Salonu)

05 MAY SAT
7

Exhibition Remix

Akbank Sanat

11:00

Colorful Cups (For 6-14 Ages)

Akbank Sanat

11:30

Akbank Children's Theatre / Gorilla

Akbank Sanat

13:00

I Am Designing My Own Bag (Ages 6 - 14 Years Old)

Akbank Sanat

15:00

A Look at Recent African Cinema Lumumba

Akbank Sanat

15:30

Mini Mosaics Workshop (For 7 – 14 Ages)

Akbank Sanat

17:00

Toy Sculpture Workshop

Akbank Sanat

06 MAY SUN
-

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