Etel Winery and Alsancak Municipality are proud to present the inaugural International Jazz Festival 2019!
This new four day Jazz Festival will bring Jazz to North Cyprus with performances by international artists from Italy, Turkey and Israel as well as local performers from North Cyprus.
Six Concerts by four international artists in four locations on one beautiful island – the Etel and Alsancak International Jazz Festival is set to become a fixture on the European Jazz festival calendar.
25th to the 28th April 2019, make sure that you can say that you were there at the beginning of this celebration of Jazz on our beautiful Island in the heart of the Mediterranean.



19:00 Yuval Vilner Quartet (Israel) - Alsancak Culture center

22:00 Fikri Karayel (TRNC) - Etel Wine Bar


19:00 Cagil Kaya (Turkey) - Alsancak Meydani


19:00 Sugarpie and the Candymen (Italy) - Alsancak Culture center

22:00 Yuval Vilner Quartet (Israel) - Etel Wine Bar


16:00 Sugarpie and the Candymen

Let it Swing” (Italy) Gillham Vineyard Hotel (Gillham red/white included)​


The Artists


Mr Fikri Karayel is a musician from the village of Zodia in the North of Cyprus where from the age of 5 he started singing at local festivals. Following his studies internationally at Kingston university he joined a band and started to compose the songs that would prove to be very popular both locally and internationally including ‘Sehit’ and ‘Hayal Edemezsin’ – both hits in Turkey. As well as this Mr Karayel has composed and performed the soundtrack for the movie ‘Seni Seviyorum Adamim’ and in 2015 he released his first album ‘Zor Zamanlar’. He has played at concerts internationally and we are proud that he has chosen to perform at the Etel and Alsancak International Jazz festival 2019.

Cagil Kaya

From the Capital city Ankara, Ms Cagil Kaya is an amazingly talented vocalist whose reputation is growing internationally. She Studied Jazz vocal improvisation with Randy Esen and Elif Çağlar and participate with Sibel Köse and she has a masters in Music from İstanbul University. Her performances include theatrical elements and vocal improvisations on her repertoire of arrangements covering a wide variety of material. Ms Kaya is renowned for the intimate communication with her audience. Ms Kaya released her debut album Bir Parça Ay Biraz Kuş” in 2014. We are delighted that she is part of the Inaugural Etel and Alsancak International Jazz festival.

Sugarpie and the Candymen

Hailing from the Northern Italian towns of Piacenza and Cremona these five exciting musicians shared an eclectic passion for swing, manouche jazz, blues, soul, pop and close vocal harmonies. Shortly after their formation the group began an intense tour performing at hundreds of jazz clubs and venues across Italy and northern Europe. They will combine their classic swing and jazz arrangements as well as drawing from their original songs and bringing more modern pop artists songs a new lease of life with their jazz and swing interpretations – Prince in the swing style or the Beatles performed by Duke Ellington Sugarpie and the candymen will open a whole new world of Jazz and Swing to you.

The Yuval Villner Quartet

The music of The Great American Songbook is brought to life with the smooth voice of Ms Meital Waldmann, one of Israel’s most promising young female vocalists delivers new, energetic and exciting interpretations of the works Irving Berlin and Cole Porter to life and allowing them to shine once more. Three of the most sought-after international Israeli sidemen – Mr Yuval Vilner, Mr Tal Ronen and Mr Yonatan Rosen, the trio has played on world stages from New York to Paris and South Korea and they come together here as a rhythm section of the highest global caliber to Join Ms Walderman.  They promise the experience of a lifetime, an emotional journey through the music of the American Golden Age.


Early birds 80TL (per ticket)

1 Concert 100TL 2 Concerts 180TL

Sunday Sugar&wine 130TL (Gillham red/white included)