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MALAYSIA

PENANG WORLD MUSIC FESTIVAL

GuineePercussions will be part of the 2012 Penang World Music festival for three consecutive days, Penang will flicker and pulsate to a different kind of rhythm. Nestled in the serene Quarry Garden situated just left of the entrance to the famous Botanic Gardens and amidst lush trees and tropical foliage, the 3rd Penang World Music Festival 2012 will be held. The festival will feature world renowned musicians from Malaysia as well as from overseas who will gather and participate in "a convergence of harmonic fusion".

From 30th March to 1st April 2012, the Penang World Music Festival organized by the Penang's State Tourism Development and Culture Office and further supported by KDU, Virtual Malaysia and Hard Rock Hotel (The Official Hotel) promises to enthrall and entertain thousands with top world music performances. This time, the event is expected to attract a bigger crowd as world music enthusiasts, international, regional and local, throng to the Botanic Gardens in 2012.
http://www.penangworldmusic.com/Penang World Music Festival in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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TURKEY, KONYA INTERNATIONAL MYSTIC FESTIVAL

The group will be part of the 8th annual Konya International Mystic Music Festival in Turkey, fromSeptember 22nd through the 30th/2011.  This festival takes place under the serene shadow of Mevlana Rumi's tomb, in Konya - a city ripe with mysticism. Konya is located at the heart of Anatolia, also known as Asia Minor, in Central Turkey. It is the site of one the earliest settlements on earth. The modern-day city is like an open-air museum with diverse cultural and historic influences on display throughout. Konya became a city of world renown due to Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi (September 30th 1207 - December 17th, 1273), an acclaimed sufi and poet who lived and died here. Mevlana was born to a family of scholars in Balkh, a town located in today's Afghanistan. Since childhood, he received excellent training in the arts and sciences. Eventually, migration through the long and arduous routes of Central Asia brought him and his family to Anatolia and on May 3rd, 1228 he arrived in Konya. He was introduced to divine love by Shams of Tabriz, who came to Konya in 1244 and disappeared suddenly in 1247. Inspired by the fire of this divine love, Mevlana became a sufi dervish and poet. The poems he recited while whirling trance-like during the sema have become some of the most widely read in the world.

After his death, his son Sultan Veled established the Mevlevi Order to continue his legacy. For centuries, the brotherhood was both active and influential in social life with an emphasis on the culture and art it cultivated. To this day, the culture created by the Mevlevi Dervishes continues to amaze people all over the world, and many attempt to bring it into their own lives. The highlight of the events commemorating and introducing the Mevlevi Order and Mevlana every year is the anniversary of his death on December 17th. The Mevlevi call this Shab-i Arus or "the wedding night" since, according to the Mevlevi tradition, death is nothing but a reunion with the beloved. Every year, from December 10th through 17th, numerous activities are held in Konya, and people travel from all over the world to celebrate their love and admiration for Mevlana.

Once a part of the Shab-i Arus activities, the Konya International Mystic Music Festival has been held eachSeptember 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'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 while promoting interaction andcommunication among various faiths by emphasizing mystic music - that aspect of faith which is common to all religions. The Festival strives to commemorate Mevlana Rumi in the best possible way, in alignment with his pure, unbounded love for humanity and his trust in every human being, no matter who or what they are, and with no judgments, questions or prejudices.


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