‘My soul is from elsewhere, I’m sure of that, and I intend to end up there.’ – Rumi
The still point at the centre of Sufism concerns itself with nothing less than the purest experience of love, life and God. Led to this point and back again, the greatest Sufi poets have experienced a depth of feeling that has informed some of the most haunting, beautiful and profound verse ever written.
Poetry by Rumi, Attar and Hafez continues to inspire contemporary artists and writers in all languages and across borders. Nodding to this powerful force of inspiration, this very special evening features modern poetry from Medina Tenour, John Siddique and Paul Abdul Wadud Sutherland, whose own mystical writing chimes within the tradition of the Sufi poets.
There will also be a performance from poet and playwright Avaes Mohammed, presenting original English-language poetry in response to works by poets such as Bulleh Shah and Amir Khusro, set to live musical accompaniment from sound artist Jaydev Mistry. The afternoon culminates with a devotional performance by Rumi’s Circle which includes whirling dervishes, whose motions are a form of dhikr (remembrance of God), alongside recitation of Rumi’s poetry.
The event will be moderated by journalist Abdul-Rehman Malik.