Canada celebrates UNESCO "Year of Rumi" with "Whirling into Peace," featuring first-time performances by renowned Dervishes from Turkey

    Joyful festival of Sufi music, whirling dervishes, and poetry of Rumi
    offers rare glimpse into Islamic mysticism and prayer for Global Peace

    TORONTO and OTTAWA, March 12 /CNW/ - The Canadian Turkish Cultural
Association with the Jerrahi Sufi Order of Canada proudly present "Whirling
into Peace" on Wednesday, March 21 at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa and
on Saturday, March 24 at the Toronto Centre for the Arts, celebrating the
life, contributions, and prayer for Global Peace of Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi.
Born in 1207, Rumi is now recognized worldwide as one of the greatest mystical
poets of all time. For the first time in Canada, Rumi's inspiring works will
come alive on stage through the recitation of his poetry by acclaimed Turkish
musician Ahmet Ozhan, accompanied by reed flutes ("neys"), lutes ("uds"),
percussion ("bendirs") and chorus of Ozhan's 10-piece orchestra from Turkey.
Rumi will be further honoured through the ancient practice of whirling,
performed by visiting dervishes of the Mevlevi Sufi Order founded by Rumi in
the 13th century. This is one spectacularly dizzying, yet mesmerizing and
uplifting mystical experience not to be missed!

    Event Details:

    What:        Whirling into Peace - A celebration of Rumi's 800th birthday
                 anniversary and Global Peace with respected Turkish musician
                 Ahmet Ozhan, his 10-piece orchestra, and whirling dervishes
                 from Turkey along with other distinguished guests, as UNESCO
                 declares 2007 "Year of Rumi"

    Why:         All proceeds will go towards building the first Canadian
                 Sufi Cultural Centre to help further interfaith dialogue,
                 expand community outreach, and offer a public resource


    When:        Saturday, March 24, 2007 at 8:00 p.m.
    Where:       Toronto Centre for the Arts, 5040 Yonge St.
                 (just north of Hwy. 401)
    How:         Tickets ($45 or $75) can be purchased from Ticketmaster or


    When:        Wednesday, March 21, 2007 at 7:30 p.m.
    Where:       National Centre for the Arts, 53 Elgin St., at Confederation
    How:         Tickets ($42.50 or $72.50) can be purchased from
                 Ticketmaster or

    Photo editors: Photographers are welcome to attend. Please call ahead to
    reserve space at concert.

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contact Tammy Bokhari, Media Relations, (416) 567-1073,

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