Cappadox fest’s art program to breathe new life into Cappadocia

Contemporary artists will breathe new life into the already spectacular vistas of the Central Anatolian tourist attraction of Cappadocia this month when the region’s new Cappadox Festival, a multidisciplinary series aimed at music, gastronomy, art and outdoor enthusiasts, gets under way on May 16.

Ten artists and artist duos from Turkey and overseas will create new work onsite in workshops as part of the festival’s contemporary art program, titled “Kapadokya carpmasi” (Cappadocia Stroke) and put together by internationally acclaimed Turkish curator Fulya Erdemci.

Artists invited to take part in this inaugural edition, set for May 16-31, include Turkey’s Ayie Erkmen, Cevdet Erek, Hera Buyuktaiciyan, Murat Germen, Murat iahinler and Nilbar Gurei and German installation artist Christoph Schaumlfer, Spanish artist Maider Lopez and the duo formed by architect and artist John KOrmeling and Charlemagne Palestine, a minimalist composer, performer and visual artist.

The program will be held in Uchisar, the town that houses one of the entire region’s most famous landmark natural rock formations, known as the Uchisar Castle, concert promoter Pozitif Live, which organizes the festival, announced in a press release this week. A late 19th-century mansion in Uchisar will serve as the main venue for the program, the organizers said.

Focusing on various forms of the relationship between art and location, the contemporary art program is designed so as the region will be explored from different points of view in every edition.

Cappadox Festival’s music leg will take place May 16-18, and feature a packed lineup of live performances by Turkish electronic musician and ney (reed flute) player Mercan Dede, French musician Ceacutecile Schott, aka Colleen, Dutch minimalist musician-lute player Jozef van Wissem, Turkish jazz saxophonist ilhan Eriahin and his project Wonderland, Nigerian-American neo-soul musician Iyeoka, German world musician Stephan Micus, French jazz percussionist and multi-instrumentalist Mino Cinelu, and Turkish-French trio Forabandit’s Ulai Ozdemir, among others.

Festival tickets are available for purchase via Biletix. For the full program, see