Cappadox, which was first held in 2015, sets out to create new experiences to be explored with music, contemporary art, gastronomy and outdoor events in Cappadocia in May of each year.
What is the origin of the name Cappadocia? What does Cappadocia mean? There are several theories, and numerous claims. One of the most likely explanations offers an etymological link that goes back to a major tributary of the Kızılırmak River: which the ancient Greeks perhaps referred to as the Cappadox, but today is known as the Delice River. Cappadox, takes its name from this past, and the unexpected nature, fluidity and fertility of water.
Pozitif is pleased to announce the third year of Cappadox, the definitive Cappadocia experience, a progressive multi-disciplinary cultural festival that brings a host of international and local contemporary art, music, nature and outdoor programmes together. Set in the dramatic landscape of Cappadocia in Central Anatolia, Cappadox 2017 will take place between May 18–21.
Cappadox 2017 sets out with the theme Ways Out From The World through which diverse fields of the festival will intersect with each other.
Ways Out From The World
Ongoing wars... mass migrations... social discontent with current systems and governances... global environmental warnings... We are going through such times that there seems almost no possible way out. Many of us feel locked in time, bearing with what is going on.
The Ways Out From The World is a quotation from the author, the poet and the artist Sami Baydar’s book of the same title from 1990. “Only the children who are locked up in the rooms know the ways out from the world,”(1) writes Baydar in his fragmentary narrative, intensifying the relations between poetry, story and theatrical play. Baydar points out to strict limitations of physical setting as something that opens up the imagination, which can go beyond and even transform the factual reality we are living in. In despairing circumstances of impossibility and impotence of action, Baydar proposes the poetic act—act of making meaning/making the world—as a vigorous enactment of emancipation, directly referencing to the realm of imaginary, the ways that art can open up.
Today, the already existing theories, formulas, strategies or tactics fall short of capacity to ignite substantial change. Informed by the urgency of undoing the ways we know, we feel the urge to imagine and invent unprecedented "languages" to conceive the world-to-come. As opposed to the factual reality, Ways Out From The World intends to conjure up desire for what has not yet emerged, not yet been visible and has yet to come.
In this sense, art can propose novel languages, creative forms, unorthodox methods and practices to open up the imaginary. Cappadox 2017 contemporary art program will explore the distinct ways of the poetic act, "making the world" in the heart of the inspiring and complex geography of Cappadocia, by and large Anatolia. Excavating their unique ways out from the world, the invited artists will bring out proposals which encompass issues like voicing the possibility of an equal companionship with other species on Earth, or introducing a new planet to move into.
All in all, Ways Out From The World does not refer to the escapist strategies, but it is rather an invitation to get as courageous as the imagination goes.
The art programme of Cappadox 2017 curated by Fulya Erdemci and Kevser Güler (Associate Curator) will be realized between May 18 and June 11, 2017, with the participation of 20 international artists and collaborators with site-specific and context-responsive new productions. Additionally, there will be film screenings and gatherings, articulating literature and contemporary art through poetry readings, as well as talks and conversations with artists, musicians, poets and writers.
(1) Sami Baydar, Dünyadan Çıkış Yolları, Cumartesi Yayınları, Istanbul, 1990. p 84.
Cappadox hosted 11 thousand participants on it’s second year. With 31 concerts, 19 contemporary art performances and installations, 13 gastronomy events and 31 outdoor activities, it offered everyone a full three-day experience.
Cappadox hosted approximately 5 thousand local and international visitors in it’s first year. Cappadox offered an extraordinary Cappadocia experience with 24 concerts, 10 contemporary art performance and installations, 10 gastronomy events and 21 outdoor activities in three days.
Pozitif is dedicated to connecting communities around best-in-class global creative content through the live entertainment experiences it creates, designs and markets. Its parent company Pozitif has been Turkey's integrated entertainment pioneer for the past 25 years, shaping the cultural landscape through music and lifestyle hubs such as Babylon, Doublemoon Records, Ju Ju and Volkswagen Arena. Pozitif is also the creator of the Akbank International Jazz Festival, One Love Festival, Blues Festival and Mono Festival.
Millions of years ago, the lava and ash spewed by Mounts Erciyes, Hasan and Göllü began turning into soft volcanic tuff, which over millennia became eroded by rainwater and wind, creating one of the most stunning landscapes in the world known today as Cappadocia.
Although recognized mostly for its peculiar rock formations called fairy chimneys and the series of deep valleys that follow one after the other, the region also houses many spectacular architectural works of human endeavour such as a great number of rock-cut churches, monasteries, caves and miles-long underground tunnels.
While the first-ever evidence of human habitation goes back to almost 500.000 years, the region has been home to countless consecutive civilizations, such as the Hittite, Persia, early Christians, Byzantium, Seljuk and Ottomans, whose wisdom and energy pervades the air.
Cappadocia is said to take its name after the ancient name of the river that flows into Kızılırmak (Halys); come visit Cappadox and partake in this magical journey in an enchanted realm.
Address: Yukarı Mah. Fatih Cad. No.4/1 Uçhisar Kasabası Nevşehir
Phone: (0) 384 219 2010
Working Hours: Every day 10:00 – 21:00
Cuisine: Local and home-made food
At the country home of Ayşe and Adem, situated in village of İbrahim Pasha known locally as Babayan, recipes for pit roasted meat, bread, pickles and molasses are all inherited from their mother, which in Ayşe’s skillful hands are executed beautifully, resulting in delicious bonquets steeped in love and amity, with dishes served in earthen bowls specially made for the occasion by Adem.
Address: İbrahim Paşa Köyü, Ürgüp
Phone: 0 (384) 362 60 01
Working Hours: Every day 08:00 – 23:00
Cuisine: Local food, Village Breakfast (Tandır Kebab)
The House Hotel Cappadocia is located in central Cappadocia in the town of Ortahisa, means “middle fortress” a reference to its towering volcanic rock formation. Set off the town’s main square, it overlooks the “hisar” and surrounding fairy chimneys.
" The House Hotel Cappadocia is set in a complex of ancient caves and stone houses. The interior retains original touches such as fireplaces, storage alcoves and even a buried wine press and fermantation vat. Every room is unique, with its design and interior inspired by its physical properties. Many rooms feature frescoes and crown moldings evoking Cappadocia’s heritage.
Located near Göreme and Ürgüp, Ortahisar is comparatively untouched bu tourism. Off the beaten path yet close to the main sights, the hotel offers both convenience and privacy as you explore this iconic landscape’s past and present.
Address: Eski Mahallesi Hacı Telgraf Caddesi No:3/1 Ortahisar Kasabası, Ürgüp
Phone: 0 (384) 343 24 25
Working Hours: Every day 07:00 – 23:00
Cuisine: Turkish cusine
In 2002 we renovated the long-deserted Coffee House in Uçhisar and created “Elai Restaurant”. Our restaurant has a capacity of 60 pax for full a la carte service or up to 108 places for incentive groups. Our menu is a delicious combination of French and Turkish cuisine. Our garden and terrace are open year round and offer views of Piegon Valley, Red Valley and Argeus Mountain.
Address: Tekelli Mahallesi Göreme Caddesi No.61 Uçhisar
Phone: 0 (384) 219 31 81
Working Hours: Every day 10:30 – 22:00
Cusine: Local and global food
Muti Restaurant offers a mystical atmosphere where woodwork ceiling and stone arches of the 250-year-old caravanseral completement the large countryard that rests against Ürgüp’s rocky ridges. Bringing together the rich cultures of the Mediterranean and Ottoman cuisine with the best of materials. Muti presents its own particular delights, enticing visitors to a novel experience of jazz notes swirling through the ancient countryard and a refined presentation that will leave all palates begging for more.
Address: Eski Mahallesi Hacı Telraf Caddesi No:3/1 Orhahisar Kasabası, Ürgüp, Nevşehir
Phone: (+90) 384 343 24 25
Working Hours: Every day 12:00 – 23:00
Cusine: Ottoman and Turkish foods
The Old Greek House is nestled in the village of Mustafapaşa. This quaint village in the heart of Cappadocia was previously called Sinasos which means “the City of the Sun”. The Old Greek House was built in the 1800s and the first owner was a Greek artist called Yorha Vasil. The house was sold to the Öztürk family in 1938 and still ran by the family as a hotel and restaurant since 1993. As you enter the doors of the house, be ready to feel the beauty all around you.
Address: Davutlu Mahallesi Şahin Caddesi No.16 Mustafapaşa
Phone: 0 (384) 353 53 06
Working Hours: Every day 12:00 – 22:00
Cusine: Local food
Address: Yunak Mahallesi Tevfik Fikret Caddesi No.24 Ürgup
Phone: 0 (384) 341 71 01
Working Hours: Every day 12:00 – 23:30
Cusine: Local food and Turkish “meze”
Address: Uçhisar 50240 Nevşehir
Phone: 0 (384) 219 31 30
Cusine: Local food with modern presentation
Address: Uçhisar Belediye Dükkanları No.1 Uçhisar
Phone: +90 (384) 219 23 88
Address: Yukarı Mah. Belediye Parkı Uçhisar/Nevşehir
Phone: 0 (384) 219 31 17
Working Hours: 10.00 - 00.30
Mutfak türü: World cuisine
Antur provides a bespoke travel support service for Cappadox to plan your accommodation, flight reservations, transfers and activities for your stay in Cappadocia.
Phone: 0212 354 22 00
For help with planning your accommodation, flight reservations, transfers and activities in the region please get in touch with Cappadocia travel Agencies.
Phone: + 90 384 3414688
Phone: + 90 384 271 25 59
Cappadocia is located half an hour away from the Nevşehir Airport and 1 hour from the Kayseri Airport.
For flights to Nevşehir:
For flights to Kayseri:
For airport and inter-hotel shuttle services:
By Car: After traversing the highway from Istanbul to Ankara, a continuous two-track road takes you from Ankara to Cappadocia. The distance between Ankara to Cappadocia is 270 km and lasts approximately 3 hours.
By Bus: There are busses to Nevşehir from any location in Turkey.
For Bus Travel Lines:
You can reach Kayseri by train, either from Istanbul or Ankara.
Although Cappadocia has many town centres like Uçhisar, Ürgüp, Göreme, Avanos, Zelve, Paşabağ, Çavuşin and Ibrahimpaşa, as these are located at very short distances from each other, inter-city travel is quite easy.
The farthest point in Cappadocia lasts 20 minutes.