Club Rakkas is a Turkish Pop-themed party series initially held in Cologne since 1997. With events in German, Dutch and Turkish cities in the meantime, it is now considered one of the most successful Turkish Pop events in Europe. The term Rakkas comes from the Arabic language and means mood maker.
The first venues of the party series initiated by the German Turks Ertan Sayan and Tanju Yolasan were the Cologne Club 12 and the Gloria. Later, the series moved to Hürth to the studios of the Magic Media Company (MMC)
A second series of the club, “Halikarnas”, has been running at the Palladium since January 1999. The first event there had 3000 visitors, more than any previous Turkish party in Germany. In the summer of 2002, Club Rakkas resided in Rotterdam in the Netherlands for the first time, and since March 2003 has regularly been held in other German cities such as Düsseldorf, Dortmund and Koblenz in addition to Cologne, followed by Bodrum in Turkey in 2004. At the turn of the year, Club Rakkas parties now take place in several cities.
Rakka’s event venues also include event ships such as the MS RheinEnergie.
Music and other activities
In addition to well-known Turkish DJs, artists who have performed at Club Rakka so far include Tarkan or the group Athena. The club also produces Turkish pop samplers. A first CD was released in cooperation with BMG in October 1999 with Bodrum Nights.
Rakkas Entertainment has also been organising major German premieres of Turkish cinema films since 2003; Rakkas does not present any events during Ramadan.
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