9th Konya International Mystic Music Festival

9th 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.

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.

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