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Sufi Music Concert & Whirling Dervishes Ceremony

Dede Efendi House, Cankurtaran, Ahirkapi Sk. No:17 Sultanahmet / Istanbul | Cankurtaran, Ahirkapi Sk. No:17 Sultanahmet / Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
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Sufi Music Concert & Whirling Dervishes Ceremony Istanbul Whirling Dervishes hosts regular Sufi music concerts and whirling dervish performances at the Dervish Dede Efendi House in Sultanahmet. This is a spiritual and informative tribute to 13th century mystic, poet and philosopher Mevlana C. Rumi and his followers. The Istanbul Whirling Dervishes programme starts with an introduction speech about Rumi, followed by Sufi Music and the 4-salam whirling dervish ceremony, giving life to 800 years tradition on the stage with their determination and faith for being a lifelong follower of Mevlevi tradition. Guests are welcome to ask questions and talk to the musicians and dervishes after the ceremony. The Istanbul Whirling Dervishes whirling dervish ceremony is performed every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 7.30Pm at the Dervish Dede Efendi House in Sultanahmet. The venue has capacity for 100 and prior reservations are recommended.
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4 Jul 2017
“Wonderful! Book Early!”
24 May 2017
Dede Efendi House, Cankurtaran, Ahirkapi Sk. No:17 Sultanahmet / Istanbul | Cankurtaran, Ahirkapi Sk. No:17 Sultanahmet / Istanbul, Istanbul, Turkey
+90 554 797 26 46
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Reviewed 4 July 2017

I highly recommend experiencing this performance. The setting is amazing as it's in a very old hammam. We went on a very, very hot day, but the building was so cool inside without AC! This is a religious ceremony, so being respectful and silent is...More

Thank Hailee H
Reviewed 25 May 2017

What a time we had visiting the concert !!!! so soulful, peaceful and wonderful was the rhythmic crescendo of the music with the whirling dervishes that I could understand the lines of W B Yeats in its full measure : O body swayed to music,...More

1  Thank 796mehakb
Reviewed 22 November 2016 via mobile

This is more of a spiritual visit rather than cultural one! I had tears in my eyes at the end , not that everyone is expected to. :) They are performing these ritual movements and are totally disconnected from well , everything else. You need...More

3  Thank Amera A
Reviewed 18 September 2016 via mobile

This is a one hour performance of mystical music and whirling dance. The show begins with 30 minutes of music followed by an exhibition of whirling dancers. They spin for most of 30 minutes without losing balance or missing a step. It is mesmerising. This...More

3  Thank Jummers
Reviewed 3 July 2015

it was inspiring...just loved the dervishes dance, spinning around so long...kept me stare at how they cold whirl that long...for a unique experience, this is a must see.

5  Thank Fatih K
Reviewed 12 June 2015

I wasn't as bowled over as I wanted to be by this, but I'm glad I went. It was beautiful and enchanting and a good insight in Sufism. It is authentic and sincere - no photos, please! - and the music was beautiful. I'm glad...More

3  Thank R M
Reviewed 26 January 2015 via mobile

I knew Sufi music and enjoyed its hypnotism so I really wanted to see dervish dancers whirling at the sound of this music once in my life. I've been amazed by the ceremony! I asked to be sitting in the first row when I booked...More

9  Thank nasslondon
Reviewed 4 January 2015

this isn't a tourist show or a performance, so be prepared: it's a genuinely authentic, deeply felt Sufi ceremony where the musicians and dervishes are graciously allowing you to be in the room with them while they explore one of the core elements of Sufi...More

6  Thank Laura B
Reviewed 27 November 2014

I din not really know what to except from this event but I was ver surprised to see such a unique local performance that belongs to tradatinal Turkey culture. I recommend every one seeking for a unique performance.

3  Thank Şenol E
Reviewed 25 October 2014

Hard to express some feelings but I like to point out that the experience I had about this event was highlight of my Turkey trip. This is not a touristic event but an original ritual that represents it in a qunie way. Strongly suggested.

3  Thank Cdogan
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