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Konya Sufi Music Ensemble & Whirling Dervishes

Mevlevi Sema Ceremony

Konya Sufi Music Ensemble gathers outstanding Turkish musicians and renowned dancers, known in the west as ‘Whirling Dervishes’ for an evening of ceremony; a Mevlevi tradition established by the 13th-century Muslim scholar, poet and mystic Mevlana Jalaluddin Rumi.

Comprised of seven sections of both vocal and instrumental compositions, using contrasting rhythmic cycles and performed by at least one singer, a flute-player (neyzen), a kettledrummer and a cymbal player, the ceremony can be found in many Turkish communities throughout the world but the most active and famous places for their activity are still Konya and Istanbul.

Generously sponsored by Turkish Embassy, Yunus Emre Institute London, Turkish Culture and Tourism Office and Ziraat Bank, this unique evening offers the opportunity to enjoy this long-held, respected Turkish custom right here, in the heart of London.

Concert Duration:
approx. 1½ hours
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