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Whirling Dervish Ceremony show for Special Events, Organisations, Festivals and activities.
Whirling Dervish Ceremony Show for Festivals and Events

We are the member of a Sufi Lodge located in Istanbul and organise Whirling Dervish Ceremony in Istanbul, other cities in Turkey and All around the world for Festivals – Organisation & Special Events. If you want more information regarding the special dervish ceremony organisations; please send us an e-mail.

Known to the west as Whirling Dervishes, the Mevlevi Order was founded by Mevlana Rumi in the 13th century. The Order wrote of tolerance, forgiveness, and enlightenment. They survive today as a cultural brotherhood. They are not theatrical spectacles but sacred rituals. The ritual of the Mevlevi sect, known as the sema, is a serious religious ritual performed by Muslim priests in a prayer trance to Allah. Mevlevi believed that during the sema the soul was released from earthly ties, and able to freely and jubilantly commune with the divine. Dervish literally means “doorway” and is thought to be an entrance from this material world to the spiritual, heavenly world. The Whirling Dervishes played an important part in the evolution of Ottoman high culture.

Whirling Dervish Ceremony Musicians & Dervishes Group
** The number of Dervishes may change according to the organisation.

  • 8 whirling dervishes ( 4 Male – 4 Female Dervishes )
  • 1 leader semazen
  • 8 musicians ( Ud – Ney – Kanun – Bendir and Vocals )
  • 1 spiritual master,
  • 1 tour manager

Mevlevi Ceremony Stages & Duration

  • Naat-i Mevlàna (Eulogy 17th Century) – Ney Taksimi (flute improvisation);
  • Peshrev (processional) – Ayin-i Sherif (Mevlevi “Mass”)
  • 1 Selàm (first “greeting” dance) – 2 Selàm (second “greeting” dance)
  • 3 Selàm (third “greeting” dance) – 4 Selàm (fourth “greeting” dance)
  • Son Peshrev, Son Yuruk Semai (concluding dance) – Taksim (improvisation)
  • Niyaz Illàhisi (thanksgiving Hymn) – Son Taksim (concluding improvisation)
  • Kuran-i Kerim (the Glorious Koran)

Details & Requirements about the Ceremony;
The event it’s also a religious ceremony. That’s why it is strictly forbidden using alcoholic drinks during representation.The ceremony has to unroll in a silent place.

Requirements ;

  • Microphones of the professional quality
  • p. a. system of the professional quality, mixer of the stage for monitors and 6 monitors on the stage
  • Lights adapted to the stage
  • Stands for musicians
  • The dimension of the stage has to be at least 12 to 8 meters completely in the disposition of the dancers
  • The dancing carpet is black or the surface of the stage has to be smooth and regular adapted to the rotating movement of the dancers
  • The organiser has to supply the dressing rooms with drinks in amount that will be enough for the group.
  • Hot meals (lunch and dinner without pork) for the group.

If you have any inquiries about the ceremonyfor a festival or a special event; Please Contact Us.

Contact Person : Mr. Alp or Mr. Nurdogan

Address : Alemdar Mah. Incili Çavus Sok. No: 19 Flor:3 – Sultanahmet 34400 Istanbul, Turkey

Phone : +90 212 527 68 59 – + 90 544 220 10 22

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Love needs morality . Sufism is inside of this heart. If you wanna be a friends , figure out love inside of your heart . Dervish Erol will show the way of Mevlana Celaleddin Rumi.

Take part in garden of heart . ALLAH ( The God ) created this universe for human . ALLAH created all humans for himself.

If you find the secret of your mind and heart , you will find ALLAH and loves ….

Because you are the most beatiful created ever .. You are very important for ALLAH .

Love Love Love…..

Close the language door,
and open the love window
The moon won’t use the door
Only the window

HZ Mevlana

Ey Dost …. Minareden dusersen seni ben toplarim !!!!
Gonlumden dusersen , parcan kalmaz….

Ey dunya sevgisini dost sananlar UYANIN
Efendimizin bahcesinde gullere BOYANIN
Bende sizin gibi virane idim GONLUMDE
Peygamber Efendimin adini duyunca hayat buldum bedenimde..

Hey Human love the world to think those AWAKENING
Paint rose of the garden of the Lord’s
I like you, I was desolate in my heart
I found your body, the name of the Prophet heard in my life ..

Sweet Moments All to be shared with real friend !!!!

Be lower a lover . Choose love that you might be a choosen one.

Human is the most honorable of all creation.

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