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.

28. Akbank Jazz Festival

28. Akbank Jazz Festival

17 October - 28 October 2018

28. Akbank Jazz Festival Selection

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15 APR MON
2

12:30

A Plate of Mondrian (For 6-12 Age)

Akbank Sanat

14:00

15. Akbank Kısa Film Festivali - Ödüllü Filmler Üniversitelerde

Celal Bayar Üniversitesi

16 APR TUE
5

Exhibition The New Human Agenda

Akbank Sanat

09:00

Vinyasa Yoga

Akbank Sanat

09:30

15. Akbank Kısa Film Festivali - Ödüllü Filmler Üniversitelerde

İzmir Ekonomi Üniversitesi

18:30

New Media and Money

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

17 APR WED
4

Exhibition The New Human Agenda

Akbank Sanat

10:30

15. Akbank Kısa Film Festivali - Ödüllü Filmler Üniversitelerde

Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi (Güzel Sanatlar Fakültesi)

18:30

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

19:00

CanalKanał

Akbank Sanat

18 APR THU
6

Exhibition The New Human Agenda

Akbank Sanat

09:00

Vinyasa Yoga

Akbank Sanat

14:00

15. Akbank Kısa Film Festivali - Ödüllü Filmler Üniversitelerde

Ege Üniversitesi

15:00

15. Akbank Kısa Film Festivali - Ödüllü Filmler Üniversitelerde

Mersin Üniversitesi

18:30

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

19:00

Man of Marble Człowiek z marmuru

Akbank Sanat

19 APR FRI
13

Exhibition The New Human Agenda

Akbank Sanat

11:00

Everything

Gazi University

11:00

City Everywhere

Gazi University

11:00

Kitty Ai

Gazi University

12:30

Everything

Bilkent University

12:30

City Everywhere

Bilkent University

12:30

Kitty Ai

Bilkent University

14:00

15. Akbank Kısa Film Festivali - Ödüllü Filmler Üniversitelerde

İzmir Yüksek Teknoloji Enstitüsü

14:00

Everything

Gazi University

14:00

City Everywhere

Gazi University

14:00

Kitty Ai

Gazi University

18:30

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

19:00

Man of Iron Człowiek z żelaza

Akbank Sanat

20 APR SAT
10

Exhibition The New Human Agenda

Akbank Sanat

11:00

Creative Dance Courses for Children

Akbank Sanat

11:00

Printing Workshop for Kids (For 5-8 Ages)

Akbank Sanat

11:30

Akbank Children's Theatre / Gorilla

Akbank Sanat

12:00

Creative Dance Courses for Children

Akbank Sanat

12:30

Toy Sculpture Workshop (For 7-12 Ages)

Akbank Sanat

13:00

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

14:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

15:00

The Promised LandZiemia Obiecana

Akbank Sanat

19:00

Ersinhan Ersin (Marshmallow Laser Feast)

Akbank Sanat

21 APR SUN
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22 APR MON
2

11:00

Louise Frankenhuis

Akbank Sanat

13:00

15. Akbank Kısa Film Festivali - Ödüllü Filmler Üniversitelerde

Kocaeli Üniversitesi

23 APR TUE
1

Exhibition The New Human Agenda

Akbank Sanat

24 APR WED
5

Exhibition The New Human Agenda

Akbank Sanat

11:00

Louise Frankenhuis

Akbank Sanat

14:00

15. Akbank Kısa Film Festivali - Ödüllü Filmler Üniversitelerde

Sakarya University

18:30

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

20:00

Lorenzo De Finti Quartet“Love Unknown”

Akbank Sanat

25 APR THU
6

Exhibition The New Human Agenda

Akbank Sanat

11:00

Louise Frankenhuis

Akbank Sanat

12:30

15. Akbank Kısa Film Festivali - Ödüllü Filmler Üniversitelerde

Muğla Sıtkı Koçman Üniversitesi

14:00

15. Akbank Kısa Film Festivali - Ödüllü Filmler Üniversitelerde

Bülent Ecevit Üniversitesi

18:30

“Images and Their States”

Akbank Sanat

18:30

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

26 APR FRI
5

Exhibition The New Human Agenda

Akbank Sanat

11:00

Louise Frankenhuis

Akbank Sanat

14:00

15. Akbank Kısa Film Festivali - Ödüllü Filmler Üniversitelerde

Kastamonu Üniversitesi

18:30

Andreas .muk. Heider "Motion Tracking and Game Console Applications in Digital Media Installations"

Akbank Sanat

20:00

Kedi Kedi

Akbank Sanat

27 APR SAT
5

Exhibition The New Human Agenda

Akbank Sanat

11:00

Louise Frankenhuis

Akbank Sanat

11:00

Kandinsky Colour Slices (For 6- 12 Age)

Akbank Sanat

11:30

Akbank Children's Theatre / Gorilla

Akbank Sanat

12:30

A Plate of Mondrian (For 6-12 Age)

Akbank Sanat

28 APR SUN
-
29 APR MON
-
30 APR TUE
9

Exhibition The New Human Agenda

Akbank Sanat

09:00

Vinyasa Yoga

Akbank Sanat

14:00

15. Akbank Kısa Film Festivali - Ödüllü Filmler Üniversitelerde

Kayseri Erciyes Üniversitesi

14:30

Everything

Sakarya University

14:30

City Everywhere

Sakarya University

14:30

Kitty Ai

Sakarya University

18:00

15. Akbank Kısa Film Festivali - Ödüllü Filmler Üniversitelerde

Kayseri Erciyes Üniversitesi

18:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

20:00

International Jazz Day Concert

Akbank Sanat

01 MAY WED
1

Exhibition The New Human Agenda

Akbank Sanat

02 MAY THU
4

Exhibition The New Human Agenda

Akbank Sanat

10:00

Vinyasa Yoga

Akbank Sanat

12:00

15. Akbank Kısa Film Festivali - Ödüllü Filmler Üniversitelerde

İstanbul Kültür Üniversitesi

18:30

Dance Classes for Adult

Akbank Sanat

03 MAY FRI
4

Exhibition The New Human Agenda

Akbank Sanat

09:30

15. Akbank Kısa Film Festivali - Ödüllü Filmler Üniversitelerde

Adana Çukurova Üniversitesi

13:30

15. Akbank Kısa Film Festivali - Ödüllü Filmler Üniversitelerde

Adana Çukurova Üniversitesi

18:30

Ozan Türkkan "Open Source in Digital Media"

Akbank Sanat

04 MAY SAT
10

Exhibition The New Human Agenda

Akbank Sanat

11:00

Creative Dance Courses for Children

Akbank Sanat

11:00

Colorful Cups (For 6-12 Ages)

Akbank Sanat

11:30

Akbank Children's Theatre / Gorilla

Akbank Sanat

12:00

Creative Dance Courses for Children

Akbank Sanat

13:00

I Am Designing My Own Bag (Ages 6-12 Years Old)

Akbank Sanat

14:30

Aerial Dance

Akbank Sanat

15:30

Mobile Sculptures(Ages 8-12)

Akbank Sanat

17:00

Tai Chi ChuanEce Dündaralp

Akbank Sanat

17:30

Family Mosaic Workshop(Ages 4-12)

Akbank Sanat

05 MAY SUN
-

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