With Europe’s best acoustics and Turkey’s most advanced infrastructure, Volkswagen Arena has been hosting numerous live events with various capacities, content, and configurations since 2014.
Volkswagen Arena, with its multi-storey facilities designed for the guests to experience events with high levels of comfort, is Turkey’s first multi-purpose indoor music and event venue equipped with a loud live sound performance. From the box offices to the roomy foyers, from its cloakrooms to easily accessible food and beverage services, the venue presents dynamic and leading-edge content seamlessly.
Volkswagen Arena has welcomed around 1.5 million guests through more than 650 events since its opening. These events include experiences like the national and international games of Darüşşafaka Basketball, concerts of world-famous artists such as Fazıl Say, Dream Theater, Emma Shapplin, Bob Dylan, Pixies, Travis, Blondie, Jack White, Morissey, Hozier, Carl Cox, Solomun, Satori, Joseph Capriati, Cahrlotte De Witte, Ben Böhmer, Stephan Bodzin, Amelie Lens, The Blaze, Balthazar, Mac DeMarco and Imany. We hosted events such as Valorant World Championship, Crystal Apple Festival, Ice Age Live, Fuerza Bruta, League of Legends Turkey Grand Final, Gillette National Athlete of the Year Award Ceremony, and Krek Theater's play “As If We Had Met In The World”.
Volkswagen Arena will continue to bring its guests together with various special content in its fascinating atmosphere in every new season.
Pozitif, which has the title of being the leading institution in the live music and event management sectors in Turkey, has been bringing together local and international followers with large-scale concerts, festivals, shows, and cultural and artistic events since 1989. Pozitif has also organized many stadium concerts to date. Cappadox, Turkey's first international multi-disciplinary destination festival, created by Pozitif in 2015, brought fans with the Cappadocia experience during its 4th edition in 2018. Akbank Jazz Festival, one of the longest-running and the most well-received jazz festivals in Turkey, brought together over 100 artists from the Turkish Jazz scene to 10.000 music lovers in 10 different venues for 10 days in its 31st year. Apart from organizing and content planning for Akbank Jazz Festival, Cappadox, One Love Festival and Red Bull Music Festival, Pozitif also has brands like Volkswagen Arena, Doublemoon and Babylon Soundgarden under its roof.
Babylon, which opened its doors in Asmalımescit as Pozitif's "home" in 1999, began to shape the music scene, and entertainment and social life of the city, while aiming to bring all the sounds of the earth to Istanbul with an intercultural approach. As well as transforming the neighborhood, Babylon also plays an active role in directing the attention of the international culture and arts press on Istanbul. Babylon moved to Yapı Kredi Bomontiada in 2015 to widen its cultural impact and welcome audiences in a multi-purpose live performance center with a strong technological infrastructure. In its new house, Babylon is not only a music club, but also a 600-capacity concert hall that can host various private company events.. It allows 120.000 music fans to meet throughout the year. In 2022, Yapı Kredi carried the Babylon Soundgarden festival to Bomontiada and hosted more than 10.000 visitors during the festival.
Cappadox, which was held for the first time in 2015, set out to add new experiences to be discovered through combining music, contemporary art, gastronomy, and outdoor activities in the inspiring geography of Cappadocia. It is also thought that one of the most likely sources of the name Cappadocia is the Cappadox branch of the Kızılırmak River in the region, which is now known as Delice Stream. Cappadox takes its name from this past, the unexpected nature of water, it’s fluidity and fertility. Cappadox, an interdisciplinary culture festival that hosts artists from Turkey and abroad in its program, has been welcomed with great admiration since its first year.
Some of the artists that elevated the Cappadox experience throughout the years are: Sun Ra Arkestra, Mum, Eric Truffaz, Kaki King, Mulatu Astatke, Jozef Van Wissem, Stefan Micus, Julia Holter, Mercan Dede, Nils Petter Molvaer, and İlhan Erşahin.
Babylon Soundgarden Music Festival has been bringing Babylon, the music temple of Pozitif, into the festival environment since 2011. Since 2019, the festival showcases alternative and new music to young audiences at the island surrounded by music on all four sides: Yapı Kredi Bomontiada. In the past, Soundgarden took place at various seaside venues in Istanbul and Çeşme.
Some of the artists that elevated the Soundgarden experience throughout the years are: Milky Chance, Oscar and the Wolf, Jamie Woon, Nouvelle Vague, Norman Jay, Pet Shop Boys, Sky Ferreira, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, FM Belfast, Riff Cohen, Anna Calvi and many more.
Akbank Jazz Festival, Turkey's most established jazz festival, started in 1991 with concerts held in Istanbul. The festival supports the shining stars of the jazz world as well as new names from the promising young generation. Today, it has become a versatile organization with panels, workshops, film screenings, concerts and social responsibility projects.
Akbank Jazz Festival, which includes different projects from classical to modern jazz as well as from electronic music to world music within the scope of its musical spectrum, has expanded over the years, and is an irreplaceable event not only for jazz music lovers, but also for many other music fans. So far, the festival took place in many venues such as Akbank Sanat, Aya Irini Museum, Babylon, Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, Zorlu Center PSM and welcomed many artists from differerent generations and genres such as 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, Nicholas Payton.
Coming to the audience with many different innovations every year, Akbank Jazz Festival has reached many cities in Turkey apart from Istanbul with its Jazz on Campus concerts since 2006.
Akbank Jazz Festival is a member of the European Jazz Network, which is an association for European jazz festivals.