Cappadox festival set to revive Cappadocia
ISTANBULA new international open-air festival called Cappadox has been born in central Anatolia. The event, which will take place between May 16 and 18, was inspired by the cultural heritage and extraordinary landscape of Cappadocia.
Organized by Pozitif Live in collaboration with curator Fulya Erdemci, the Cappadox Festival aims to establish a multi-disciplinary platform to experience and enjoy the special geography of the region through music, contemporary art, gastronomy and outdoor activities.
Inviting collectors from all around the world to the region, Cappadox was conceived as a progressive festival which will transcend the past while seeking its future.
The Cappadox live music program will explore the inter-relation of music and space in the context of Cappadocia, and aims to give the Cappadocian landscape a soundtrack. The program verges on the progressive, bringing together live international and Turkish musicians from the realms of neo-classical, indie, ambient electronic and jazz.
Jozef van Wissem, Mino Cinelu, Hugh Marsh, Nils Petter Molvaer, İlhan Erşahin’s Wonderland, Mercan Dede, Hüsnü Şenlendirici, Ulaş Özdemir, Erkan Tekçi, Colleen, Grouper, Iyeoka Okoawo, Múm, Stephan Micus, Gaye Su Akyol, Erkan Oğur, Derya Türkan, Alp Ersönmez, Julia Holter and TSU! will be among the performers of the festival.
“Cappadocia Struck” is the title of the contemporary art program of the first edition of Cappadox. It refers to the profound experience one has in Cappadocia when encountering its monumental landscape, exceptional rock architecture, immerse history and complex present condition.
With the participation of 10 artists, artist duos and researchers, the program will unfold around the format of an “open studio,” where the conception, production and presentation phases of creating an artwork interlace. Opening up a space for conversations on the artistic engagement and imagination with a particular place, the program aims to process the various aspects of the region. The artists will share their initial impressions in diverse artistic gestures without the compulsory drive to turn them into a conceptual or visual image/work.
Cappadocia is an unparalleled open-air route with its natural valleys and ancient roads. The festival’s open-air activities will help guests experience Cappadocia through different ways.
Acoustic nature concerts and picnics will be waiting for guests attending the trekking routes at Cappadox. The traditional will be found alongside the contemporary, to be transformed with the interpretations of Maksut Aşkar and guest chefs.
During running events, guests will determine their own pace as they go across the pathways. Cyclers will pedal into the valleys. The ancient roads connecting the natural valleys of Cappadocia will become Cappadox exploration routes.
In addition, silent walks, expeditions and collective meditation and yoga sessions at sunrise and sunset will offer opportunities to make the most of Cappadocia’s naturally high magnetic energy.