The 9th edition of the Fez Festival of Sufi Culture April 18 to 25, 2015 with the theme "Religion of Love From Rabi Ibn Arabi, Rumi to today ...." The opening ceremony will take place on Saturday the 18th of April at 16.00, with a general introduction by Faouzi Skali followed by a musical presentation.
In the evening at 20.30 the first concert will feature a mystic recital dedicated to Rabiaa al Adawiya.
The rest of the programme at this stage:
(This program may be subject to modifications)
Sunday 19 April
10.00 Round Table and poetic readings. "Tribute to Abdelwahhab Meddeb: Sufi moments".
16.00 Round Table: “Is there a revival of Sufism in the Muslim world?”
20.30 Samaa of the Tariqa Boutchichiyya Qadiriyya ( Morocco).
The Boutchichiyya Brotherhood are from the small town of Mardagh, near Berkane, in north-eastern Morocco and has become an important pilgrimage destination. The sheikh is Sidi Hamza el Qadiri el Boutchichi and the brotherhood is active in many countries, particularly in the UK.
The Boutchichiyya are an offshoot of the Qadiriyya tariqa, one of the oldest Sufi orders, which was brought to Morocco (initially to Fez) by the descendants of the two sons of ‘Abd al-Qadir from the 16th Century. The Boutchichiyya take their name from the 18th Century sheikh Sidi Ali al-Boutchichi, a Qadiri who was given the title “al-boutchichi” because he used to serve “cracked wheat” (bou tchich) to the poor who came to his zawiya.
The Brotherhood of the Samaa Qadirya Boutchichiya performs a sacred music, and produces a spiritual state "where celestial music becomes audible," says Moroccan musicologist Abdelfettah Benmoussa. "It combines the primordial sound and the absolute divine word. Through the practice of Samaa, it becomes possible to experience the depths of being in universal harmony".
Monday 20 April
10.00 Round Table: ‘Persian Mystical Poetry and the Message of Love’ Discussion led by Faouzi Skali with Hossein Gomshei, Leonard Lewisohn, and Alan Williams
16.00 Round Table: ‘Rumi and the Mevlevi: Poetry of Ecstasy and Love in Persian and Turkish’ Discussion led by Faouzi Skali with Leonard Lewisohn, Alan Williams, and Roderick Grierson
20.30 Concert: ‘Aşkın Sesi: The Voice of Love’ : Mevlevi music for the ney: Kudsi Erguner.
Tuesday 21 April
10.00 Round Table: ‘Rumi and the Legacy of Persian Music’ Discussion led by Faouzi Skali with Jane Lewisohn, Leonard Lewisohn, and Hossein Gomshei
16.00 Round Table: “Listen to This Ney”: Music of the Mevlevi ‘Visions of the Mevlevi: Eastern and Western Depictions of Semazens’. Discussion led by Roderick Grieson with Kudsi Erguner and Faouzi Skali
20.30 Samaa of the Tariqa Khalwatiyya : Chaykh Nur Allah Fath ( Turkey).
These musicians, singers and dancers (Semazens) represent one of the most interesting aspects of the mystical culture of Turkey. The Sema - the whirling dance - and the Zikr - the hymns sung by the sacred choir - are connected to each other, a spiritual ambience that leads the Dervish enter a mystical universe.
Wednesday 22 April
10.00 Round Table: "The scriptural foundations of the Religion of the Love ".
16.00 Round Table: "Presence of Rabiaa".
20.30 First part : Samaa of the Tariqa Rifaiyya ( Turkey)
Second part: Samaa of the Tariqa Naqchbandiyya (Bosnia).
Thursday 23 April
10.00 Round Table: Sufi Amazigh culture and poetry
16.00 Round Table: Bards of the spiritual Love of East and West.
20.30 Samaa of the Tariqa Charqawiyya and of the Tariqa Wazzaniyya.
Friday 24 April
10.00 Round Table: Writings and poems about spiritual love in Morocco and Andalousia .
16.00 Round Table: Culture and expressions of spiritual love in Sub-Saharan Africa.
20.30 First part: Samaa of the Tariqa Siqilliyya
Second part: Sufi songs of Alep: Homage to Jalaleddine Weiss
Saturday 25 April
10.00 Round Table: Love and Futuwwa, the path of the Spiritual Chivalry.
20.30 Sufi Samaa and Andalusian Music.
Conferenciers Lecturers ( alphabétique order ) :
Abdelillah Arafa, Abdou Hafidi, Abdellah Ouazzani, Abdussamad Romero, Alan Williams Bariza Khiari, Eric Geoffroy, Hossein Gomshei, Ines Safi, Jaafar Kansoussi, Jane Lewisohn, Katia et Gabrielle Legeret, Kudsi Erguner, Lila Anvar, Leonard Lewisohn, Michael Barry, Michel Boivin, Mounir El Kadiri, Roderick Grierson, Saad El Khiari, Saïda Bennani, Salamatou Sow, Souada Maoulainine, Suad El Hakim, Touria et Layla Iqbal, Xavier Guerrand-Hermès.
We have fallen into the place
where everything is music.
The strumming and the flute notes
rise into the atmosphere,
and if the whole world's harp
should burn up,
there will still be hidden instruments
This singing art
is sea foam.
The graceful movements
come from a pearl
on the ocean floor. ~ Djalal al din Rûmi
This year, you can now book your tickets online. Indeed, given the large crowds, and to guarantee a seat at the festival events, we recommend you book and pay your tickets directly on the website. To do this, go to: http://www.festivalculturesoufie.com/ in the tab 'Booking / حجز / booking'.