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Turquazz Festival launches in March

The new festival brings two weeks of Anatolian jazz and roots culture to London

Aiming to shine a light on Anatolian jazz and roots culture from Turkey and surrounding regions, Turquazz Festival takes place at various venues across London from 13–30 March, with concerts, DJ sets, film screenings and talks, as well as a pop-up dining hall.

The festival's aim isn’t to define Anatolian jazz and roots music, says director Batu Akyol. “It’s the first edition and we really wanted to give London the ABC of Anatolian jazz,” he explains. “The programme is full of personality with a familiar jazz language yet with its own Anatolian twist. Music, food, cinema, dance and talks – there’s really something for everyone.”

The line-up includes Erkan Ogur’s Anatolian Blues Project, Yarkin Duo, The Origins featuring Baris Demirel & Tolga Zafer Özdemir, and Can Cankaya & Kagan Yildiz. Screenings at East London Dalston’s Rio cinema include Akyol’s Jazz In Turkey, Sercan Sezgin’s Nublu, Nezih Unen’s Lost Songs Of Anatolia and Serdar Kokceoglu’s MIMAROGLU. Featuring Debora Ipekel, the closing party will be held at Brilliant Corners.

The full festival line-up can be found on their website.