Turkey Whirls Through NYC

Turkey Whirls Through NYC

Ever since finding (and booking!) a great deal on a flight to Istanbul back in January, Turkey has been on my travel radar. While I’m still a month away from exploring the Grand Bazaar, savoring crunchy, moist falafel and visiting the Hagia Sophia, it’s just a few more days until I get my first taste of Turkish culture at a performance of the famous whirling dervishes, accompanied by Turkish classical music singer Ahmet Özhan. The Istanbul Historical Turkish Music Ensemble will perform (for free!) at The Town Hall in New York on Tuesday, April 12, at 7 p.m. Hosted by the Turkish Consulate General, the concert will allow viewers to see a culturally significant ritual of Sufism, a mystical sect of Islam. The dancers attempt to reach religious ecstasy through constant spinning, a practice which was first developed by 13th-century poet and spiritual master Rumi. The complimentary show offers a rare chance to explore a beautiful aspect of Islam and Turkish culture—without hopping on a plane.

Visit whirlingforlove.eventbrite.com to get your free ticket to this performance.

 

The Town Hall, 123 W. 43rd St., New York City