Organized by Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism of Konya, 13th edition of the Konya International Mystic Music Festival will take place under the serene shadow of Mevlana Rumi's tomb, in Konya - a city ripe with mysticism. The festival events are going to be held between 22nd and 30th of September, 2016.
Concerts will start at 21:00 everyday and they will be at Metropolitan Municipiality Mevlana Culture Center, in Sultan Veled Hall or Sema Hall. All programs are open to public at no cost.
Once a part of the Shab-i Arus activities, the Konya International Mystic Music Festival has been held each September since 2008. With concerts and music recitals starting in the latter part of the month, the Konya International Mystic Music Festival always culminates on September 30th, Mevlana Rumi's birthday. Since the first Festival in 2004, it has become a melting pot of mystical music from around the world.
The intention of the festival is to introduce mystical music traditions of the world emphasizing the authenticity and originality as much as possible in presentation. One of the most celebrated events in field of mystic - traditional music, the festival strives to be a venue where musical traditions of the world can find an opportunity to meet audiances as they are, without being blended with more popular elements.
The organization committee of the festival consists of:
- Mehmet Usta (Deputy Governer)
- Dr. Mustafa Çıpan (Director, Konya Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism)
- Mehmet Yünden (Deputy Director, Konya Provincial Directorate of Culture and Tourism)
- Dr. Timuçin Çevikoğlu (Ministry of Culture Artist, Festival Artistic Director)
- Dr. Sibel Karaman (Selçuk University Dilek Sabancı State Conservatory Faculty Member)
The Art Director of the festival is Dr. Timuçin Çevikoğlu. Feridun Gündeş, Burak Kaynarca and Emre Soylu are commissioned as Assistant Art Directors. Feridun Gündeş who is also the curator, handles communications with the invited groups.
Burak Kaynarca and Emre Soylu is the director of the technical crew whose focus is audio-visual recording, editing, and montage.
Muammer Eroğlu is the webmaster. Enes Evren and Bahadır Uysal have designed both the logo and visual materials for the festival. Art work ns the paintings are done by Sinan Sonlu. İsmet Filizfidanoğlu is the designer of the booklet, invitation, poster, and billboard applications. Promotion videos are prepared by Ferdi Şah.
Dr. Mustafa Çıpan is the editor-in-chief of visual and textual publications. Dr. Çıpan has also edited texts translated to Turkish by Feridun Gündeş and Gevher E. Çevikoğlu, who prepared the original English texts by using a variety of sources, including the resources sent by the artists.
Atesh Sonneborn, Mahesan Salledurai, Edith Nicol, Mu Qian, Pauline Fan of “Pusaka”, Fairouz Nishanova of the "Agha Khan Music Initiative", Robert van den Bos and Maria Theresa Butarelli of "Anmaro Asia Arts" made valuable contributions for the preparation of the publicity materials and communications with the artists.
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Why Should I Go? This festival commemorates the life of Jalaluddin Rumi, a 13th-century poet and Sufi mystic who was laid to rest in Konya. Its dedication to spiritual music traditions from around the world on a site equally steeped in spirituality is pretty special.
Acts to catch: Last year's line-up included the excellent kamancheh master Kayhan Kalhor, India's Ustad Aashish Khan and the Badakhshan Ensemble.
Top Tip-off: Local delicacy etli ekmek, a pizza like dish is a real Turkish delight.