»Istanbul Sema Grubu« der Mevlevi

Sufi Festival: A review

A three-day festival at the Elbphilharmonie portrayed the fascination of Sufism – with captivating music from Morocco to Pakistan and an extensive supporting programme.

For three days, from 25 to 27 November 2022, the Elbphilharmonie focused on the subject of »Sufism«, the expression of the Islamic faith in which music and dance play an outstanding role. The festival brought together different artistic versions of Sufism ranging in origin from North Africa to the Middle East: the programmes featured whirling dervishes from Istanbul, a Moroccan spiritual »Gnawa« ceremony, »Qawwali« singing from Pakistan and classical Afghan music. The concerts were supported by an extensive programme of spice tasting, talks, a producing workshop and a small art show entitled »Afghanistan – Pictures of Hope«.

MEVLEVI DERVISHES »ISTANBUL SEMA GRUBU« :Mystic music »Voices towards Love« and Sema music ceremony with dancing by the whirling dervishes

»Istanbul Sema Grubu« der Mevlevi »Istanbul Sema Grubu« der Mevlevi © Claudia Höhne
»Istanbul Sema Grubu« der Mevlevi »Istanbul Sema Grubu« der Mevlevi © Claudia Höhne
»Istanbul Sema Grubu« der Mevlevi »Istanbul Sema Grubu« der Mevlevi © Claudia Höhne
»Istanbul Sema Grubu« der Mevlevi »Istanbul Sema Grubu« der Mevlevi © Claudia Höhne
»Istanbul Sema Grubu« der Mevlevi »Istanbul Sema Grubu« der Mevlevi © Claudia Höhne
»Istanbul Sema Grubu« der Mevlevi »Istanbul Sema Grubu« der Mevlevi © Claudia Höhne

ANIM ensemble :Sufi music and classical pieces from the golden age of Afghan music

ANIM Ensemble ANIM Ensemble © Claudia Höhne
ANIM Ensemble ANIM Ensemble © Claudia Höhne
ANIM Ensemble ANIM Ensemble © Claudia Höhne
ANIM Ensemble ANIM Ensemble © Claudia Höhne
ANIM Ensemble ANIM Ensemble © Claudia Höhne

MEHDI QAMOUM :»Lila«, the trance ritual of the Gnawa brotherhood from the Maghreb, lasts several hours (with breaks for tea in the foyer)

Mehdi Qamoum & Ensemble Mehdi Qamoum & Ensemble © Claudia Höhne
Tee im Foyer Tee im Foyer © Claudia Höhne
Mehdi Qamoum & Ensemble Mehdi Qamoum & Ensemble © Claudia Höhne
Mehdi Qamoum Mehdi Qamoum © Claudia Höhne
Mehdi Qamoum & Ensemble Mehdi Qamoum & Ensemble © Claudia Höhne
Mehdi Qamoum & Ensemble Mehdi Qamoum & Ensemble © Claudia Höhne

Saami Brothers Qawwal Party :The tradition of the ecstatic Qawwal Bachay aus Karachi

Saami Brothers Qawwal Party Saami Brothers Qawwal Party © Claudia Höhne
Saami Brothers Qawwal Party Saami Brothers Qawwal Party © Claudia Höhne
Saami Brothers Qawwal Party Saami Brothers Qawwal Party © Claudia Höhne
Sufi-Festival: Foyer Kleiner Saal Sufi-Festival: Foyer Kleiner Saal © Claudia Höhne

Supporting programme: Elbphilharmonie+ :art show »Afghanistan – Pictures of Hope« / Producing workshop mit Farhot / Podium talk: About the spiritual poetry of Rumi and other Sufi poets / Spice tasting meets music from Afghanistan: The taste of char

Art Exhibition »Afghanistan – Pictures of Hope« Art Exhibition »Afghanistan – Pictures of Hope« © Claudia Höhne
Art Exhibition »Afghanistan – Pictures of Hope« Art Exhibition »Afghanistan – Pictures of Hope« © Claudia Höhne
Art Exhibition »Afghanistan – Pictures of Hope« Art Exhibition »Afghanistan – Pictures of Hope« © Claudia Höhne
Producing-Workshop with Farhot Producing-Workshop with Farhot © Claudia Höhne
Producing-Workshop withFarhot Producing-Workshop withFarhot © Claudia Höhne
Sufi-Festival: Foyer Kleiner Saal Sufi-Festival: Foyer Kleiner Saal © Claudia Höhne
Sufi-Festival: Foyer Kleiner Saal Sufi-Festival: Foyer Kleiner Saal © Claudia Höhne
Sufi-Festival: Foyer Kleiner Saal Sufi-Festival: Foyer Kleiner Saal © Claudia Höhne
Sufi-Festival: Foyer Kleiner Saal Sufi-Festival: Foyer Kleiner Saal © Claudia Höhne
Podiusmgespräch: Zur spirituellen Poesie Rumis und anderer sufischer Dichter. Benita Rinne, Tom R. Schulz, Otto Höschle, Stefan Weidner (v.l.n.r.) Podiusmgespräch: Zur spirituellen Poesie Rumis und anderer sufischer Dichter. Benita Rinne, Tom R. Schulz, Otto Höschle, Stefan Weidner (v.l.n.r.) © Claudia Höhne
Der Geschmack von Char / ANIM Ensemble Der Geschmack von Char / ANIM Ensemble © Claudia Höhne
Der Geschmack von Char / ANIM Ensemble Der Geschmack von Char / ANIM Ensemble © Claudia Höhne

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Between ecstasy and asceticism: with dancing dervishes and classical music from Afghanistan, this festival paints a fascinating portrait of Sufism, from Pakistan and Turkey to Morocco

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