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Whirling Dervishes in the UK

Mevlevi Sema Ceremony and Devran Dhikr

April 24, 2023 – April 26, 2023

Yunus Emre Institute London

Organised by the Yunus Emre Institute London, the UK tour of the Whirling Dervishes by the Istanbul Sufi Ceremonies Ensemble will entail a series of events including the Mevlevi Sema Ceremony, Devran Dhikr (remembrance of God), lectures and concerts.    The series of events will launch on the 24 April in London at the EartH Theatre, a stylish and glorious multi-arts space. The second stage of the tour will take place on the 25 April at West Road Concert Hall, one of Cambridge’s premiere music venues and renowned for its superb acoustic qualities and on the 26 April, this spiritually fulfilling experience will come to an end with a final performance at Sheldonian Theatre, an architectural jewel at the heart of Oxford.

In addition to these, two lectures and concerts will be held on Mevlevi Culture and Sufi Music. The first lecture and concert will take place on the 23 April at 6 PM at SOAS University of London: The Department of Music and the second lecture and concert will take place on the 25 April at 2:30 PM at the West Road Concert Hall, University of Cambridge. These unique lectures will introduce the traditional music of the Mevlevi Sufi order and will be delivered by renowned scholars. Both lectures will be accompanied by concerts by the master musicians of the Istanbul Sufi Ceremonies Ensemble and pieces from Ottoman classical music and Sufi hymns will be played.

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