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Get Spiritual with Sacred Music!

By Ninart LuiEvents - 22 March 2011 9:00 AM | Updated 4:58 PM

Get Spiritual with Sacred Music!

If, like us, you’re sick of the manufactured music that’s plying the airwaves today, you’ll be happy to hear some respite is fast approaching. A Tapestry of Sacred Musicweaves together the various different genres across the cultures of the world to create some of the most stirring experiences known to mankind.

Whether it’s bringing together the hypnotic whirring of Syrian dervishes, the dancing Bauls of Bengal or unfamiliar Bulgarian vocal stirrings, this unique festival will take you around the globe on a path to deeper understanding and discovery.

Here are some of the highlights from the festival:


Bulgaria – an exotic, faraway land conjuring up images of roiling tundras and sweeping vistas. The Bisserov Sisters have been traveling the world for over 30 years as musical ambassadors of their beloved country, carrying on the proud tradition of highly distinctive Bulgarian music.

At The Wedding (Apr 15, Fri), dissonant harmonies mingle with otherworldly rhythms to paint a picture of domestic Bulgarian life and traditional folklore.

For a taste of one of their recent performances, check out the video below:

Continue on in the mystical vein with Music of the Sufis (Apr 16, Sat), where ancient tunes combine with sophisticated Arab, Persian, Turkish and Indian music to create an intricately haunting melting pot that whispers of years of rigorous research. Accompanied by the Whirling Dervishes of Damascus, this is one breathtaking experience you don’t want to miss.

For a transcendent evening of self-healing and meditation under the stars, you’ll want to check out Yoga Under the Stars (Apr 16-17, Sat-Sun). Focusing on the Moon Salutation, traditionally practiced at the end of the day, this is a great way to wind down the evening.

A Tapestry of Sacred Music also includes three evenings of free performances – Sacred Rhythms at the Esplanade Outdoor Theatre, and Stirrings at the Esplanade Concourse. Comprising a diversity of cultural performances, from Tibetian monk chants to the haunting tunes of Thai Piphat music, you have to be there to find out more!

A Tapestry of Sacred Music is on from Apr 15-17, at the Esplanade. For ticketing and more information on the performances, please visit