The Ottawa Turkish Festival
takes place in July at Confederation Park.
It's a wonderful festival featuring
Turkish art, folk dance, music and gourmet food.
The rituals of the Whirling Dervishes
create an exquisite ceremony of spirituality.
This highly structured form,
with gentle turns, becomes increasingly dynamic
as the individual dervishes strive to achieve a state of trans.
The music that accompanies the whirling
is intended to be mesmerizing.
Agah Ecevit plays
the "ney," an instrument that has no reed.
The sound is made entirely by blowing in a very precise
It's one of the oldest instruments still in use.
The Ney is played when the Whirling Dervishes take
and symbolizes "nefes," which means breath in Turkish.