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
ANIM ensemble :Sufi music and classical pieces from the golden age of Afghan music
MEHDI QAMOUM :»Lila«, the trance ritual of the Gnawa brotherhood from the Maghreb, lasts several hours (with breaks for tea in the foyer)
Saami Brothers Qawwal Party :The tradition of the ecstatic Qawwal Bachay aus Karachi
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
Sufi Festival :24 – 27 Nov 2022
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