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Please note that this is not a Mile End Poets' Festival production, but that MEPF is proud to be supporting this event. 

*no wheelchair access

*no shoes
*no chairs please bring a cushion
*suggested donation $10-$20

*no one turned away

Mother Tongue Media

Sunday 25th November 

3pm-5pm into the night
Nyata Nyata Dance Studio
4374 St. Laurent, 2nd floor

H2W 1Z5

SEMA The Wedding Night
La Nuit de Noces Sheb-i Arus


Something opens our wings. Something
makes boredom and hurt disappear.
Someone fills the cup in front of us.
We taste only sacredness.

-Hz Mevlana Rumi

Each December, a Rumi festival takes place in the city of Konya, Turkey to celebrate Sheb-i Arus—“The Wedding Night." It commemorates the passing of mystic, philosopher and poet Mevlana Jalal ad-Din Rumi (1207-1273).

In honour of this, we invite you to join us for Sheb-i Arus, and witness a sacred ceremony of poetry, music and Sufi devotional dance. Semazenbashi (sema master) Raqib Brian Burke will guide local whirling dervishes in the Sema, where dervishes turn in a celestial dance, with one palm extended symbolically upward to receive and one extended downward to give, keeping nothing for themselves. An active meditation. Open secret. Symbol of peace.

After the ceremony, we extend an open invitation to the community to stay and participate in The Long Sema: continuous sacred music, zikr (remembrance of God) and whirling, a pattern possibly similar to the sema shared at the time of Rumi.

Amir Amiri (santur)
Kattam (percussion)
Nazih Borish (oud)

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