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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14 MAY MON
1

19:00

14th Akbank Short Film Festival at Universities

Sabancı Üniversitesi (Sinema Salonu)

15 MAY TUE
4

Exhibition Remix

Akbank Sanat

14:00

14th Akbank Short Film Festival at Universities

Aydın Doğan Oditoryumu (Galatasaray Üniversitesi)

18:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

19:00

REMIX Conversation Series: ''How I Couldn't Write Some Books?" - Cem İleri (Author, Editor)

Akbank Sanat

16 MAY WED
4

Exhibition Remix

Akbank Sanat

14:00

14th Akbank Short Film Festival at Universities

Marmara Üniversitesi (Güzel Sanatlar Fakültesi Konferans Salonu)

18:30

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

19:00

A Look at Recent African Cinema Pim-Pim Tché

Akbank Sanat

17 MAY THU
3

Exhibition Remix

Akbank Sanat

17:00

14th Akbank Short Film Festival at Universities

Koç Üniversitesi (Öğrenci Merkezi - Salon 328)

19:00

A Look at Recent African Cinema Grey Matter / Matière Grise

Akbank Sanat

18 MAY FRI
5

Exhibition Remix

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Series on Conversation“A Laboratory” Under Scope

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

19:00

REMIX Conversation Series:Event and Rebellion in Cinema - Bülent Diken (Sociologist)

Akbank Sanat

20:30

Dance Marathon PerformanceRebirth

Akbank Sanat

19 MAY SAT
3

Exhibition Remix

Akbank Sanat

14:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

17:00

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

20 MAY SUN
-
21 MAY MON
-
22 MAY TUE
4

Exhibition Remix

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Cognita Mindfulness Workshop “Knocking on our own door”

Akbank Sanat

19:00

A Look at Recent African Cinema Today / Aujourd'hui

Akbank Sanat

23 MAY WED
3

Exhibition Remix

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

19:00

REMIX Conversation Series:Bringing and Reassembling: Independent and Joint Structure in Printed Material - Umut Altıntaş (Graphic Designer)

Akbank Sanat

24 MAY THU
3

Exhibition Remix

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Seminar Series on Philosophy Memory and Visual Arts

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

25 MAY FRI
5

Exhibition Remix

Akbank Sanat

10:00

Museum Studies Seminars Session 1: Designing the Museum Experience

Akbank Sanat

13:00

Museum Studies Seminars Session 2: Museums which Create Value: Marketing Strategies

Akbank Sanat

15:30

Museum Studies Seminars Session 3: Open Museums: Participatory Approaches

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

26 MAY SAT
6

Exhibition Remix

Akbank Sanat

10:00

Museum Seminar Studies Session 4: Being a Museum in Social Media

Akbank Sanat

Creative Dance Courses for Children

Akbank Sanat

13:00

Museum Studies Seminars Session 5: Communication in Museums Related Trainings and Their Professional Development

Akbank Sanat

14:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

17:00

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

27 MAY SUN
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28 MAY MON
-
29 MAY TUE
3

Exhibition Remix

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

19:00

A Look at Recent African Cinema As I Open My Eyes / À Peine J'ouvre Les Yeux

Akbank Sanat

30 MAY WED
2

Exhibition Remix

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

31 MAY THU
2

Exhibition Remix

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

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02 JUN SAT
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03 JUN SUN
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