Make your wishes come true at London Hidrellez Spring Festival on 5th May 2013! Celebrate spring with lively music, dance, ceremonies, rituals and customs originating in ancient Mesopotamia.
CELEBRATE HIDRELLEZ IN LONDON
Everyone is invited to celebrate Spring with lively music, dance, ceremonies, rituals and customs at the Round Chapel in Hackney, London on 5th May 2013!
Join in traditional ceremonies, rituals and customs such as jumping over a "fire" to make a wish and write or draw your wish and tie it on the symbolic "wish tree" known as Nahil.
Enjoy dynamic music and dance performances by a variety of artists performing Turkish, Roma Gypsy, and Balkan music! Listen and dance to fabulous music and colourful performances by the following artists:
• EMRAH TAK/ ANIL GOCEN ORCHESTRAS
Anil Gocen - Keyboard, Ozkan Gezen - Clarinet, Ercument Ibrahim - Violin, Emrah Tak - Guitar, Aly El Minyawi - Darbuka
• ONE DAY IN ISTANBUL -ROMAN DANCE SHOW
Directed by Ozgen and produced by Dunya Belly Dance
• DAVUL ZURNA SHOW
• TATCHO DROM
Gundula Gruen – Violin/Vocals, Tom Wagner - Percussion, Jeremy Halliwell - Guitar, Garance Louise - Accordion/Vocals, Daniel Kellett - Cello, Laura Vila - Gypsy Dance
• DJ STAMAT
• MELISA YAVAS
Join us and make your wishes come true at the Hidrellez Spring Festival!
WHAT IS HIDRELLEZ?
"Hıdrellez", is a spring festival in the Turkish world, which is celebrated as the first day of "early summer". The 5th of May is also known as "day of Hızır", the day on which prophets Hızır and Ilyas met with each other on Earth. The words Hızır and İlyas have since fused together pronounced as "Hıdrellez."
One widespread belief suggests that Hızır is a prophet who attained immortality by drinking the water of life (ab-ı hayat). After reaching God, Hızır now wanders around among people from time to time, especially in the spring, and helps people in difficulty. He distributes good health, fortune and grants peoples' wishes. The identity of Hızır, the place and the time he lived in are not certain and Hızır has become a symbol of Spring and new life.
Hıdrellez Festival is still celebrated with grand ceremonies in present day Turkey and surrounding Anatolian, Turkic, Balkan, Middle Eastern and Eastern Mediterranean regions. Although it is celebrated under different names and in different times, the motifs of Hıdrellez are seen in many places. The arrival of Spring and awakening of nature have been perceived by mankind as a phenomenon to be celebrated, and Hıdrellez, as a spring festival, has a universal appeal.
The Round Chapel
Round Chapel Old School Rooms
Nearest Tube Stations: Bethnal Green (Central), Leyton (Central), Mile End (Central, District, Hammersmith & City)
Nearest Rail Stations: Hackney Central, Homerton, Hackney Downs, Clapton
Nearest Overground Stations: Pudding Mill Lane (Docklands Light Railway-DLR)
Tickets now on sale £15 advance, £20 on door, Get 'em early, They are selling like hot pasties.