Let’s be totally honest here, Cappadox festival is not what we in the UK have come to define as our usual festival experience. Cappadox is so much more, something that combines music, art, culture and wellbeing and sets it against one of the most incredible natural environments on our little planet.
I was up and around early this morning, a 6am start is certainly not something you experience too often at a UK festival, if you are up at that time it is because you haven’t been to bed yet. As I stumbled bleary eyed from bed and opened the curtains of my hotel room I was greeted by the sight of dozens of hot-air balloons rising gently into the dawn light with the mountains as a backdrop, it was a breathtaking experience.
I started my day photographing a pranamaya class, a form of energising breathing that left the participants positively glowing, energised and relaxed. Cappadox has. A lot of these types of exercises going on and it really is a huge part of the festival experience.
After breakfast we headed off for a walk in Love Valley, a stunningly beautiful experience. The area is so green and natural, the soft rock has been used to carve out cave houses, animals shelters and even pigeon coops that are used to collect dung to fertilise the land. The landscape is quite unlike anything I have ever seen the scale is breathtaking and yet the walk is a reasonably gentle one, well within the capabilities of anyone of moderate fitness.
As the walk nears its end you come upon a meadow where you are able to sit and rest, enjoy a drink and some fresh fruit whilst listening to local musicians playing a concert for your enjoyment, the steep walls of the valley adding an acoustic backdrop that can only be described as stunning. It is this kind of little surprise that makes Cappadox a totally unique experience.
Our afternoon was spent at the Goreme Valley open air museum, the primary features being literally dozens of Christian churches and burial grounds carved into the soft rock. It really allows you to reflect on Turkey’s history as the meeting point of the Eastern and Western worlds. The sheers scale of the endeavour that must have gone into carving out these places of worship 1,000 years ago is mind-blowing.
This evening sees us headed out to enjoy some music and a gastronomic experience so watch this space for further updates.