Yunus Emre's poetry echoed in the concert that took place on Sunday night, July 11, 2021 at the International Granada Festival held in Granada, Spain. The Turkish music concert featured a repertoire of Yunus' compositions and classical saz semais (type of poetry).
The concert was organized by Madrid Yunus Emre Institute as part of the 2021 Yunus Emre and Turkish Year events. In the concert where twelve hymns from Yunus Emre's poems composed in segâh, hicâz, sabâ and huseynî makams (melody types) were performed, samples of his poems translated into Spanish were read. Director of Madrid Yunus Emre Institute Ersin Adıgüzel accompanied Spain-based Labyrinth Ensemble music society as singer. The concert held in Corral del Carbón, which was built as a caravanserai during the Andalusian period and now hosts cultural and artistic programs, attracted great attention.
ONE OF SPAIN'S MOST PRESTIGIOUS FESTIVALS
YEI in Madrid, which has been serving in the Spanish capital since 2018, has been organizing online courses for over a year due to the global epidemic. The center, which provides education at many levels from A1 to C1 levels, teaches Turkish to hundreds of trainees. The Madrid Yunus Emre Institute also organizes various cultural and artistic activities in addition to language teaching, and represents Turkey in festivals, including the International Granada Festival.
The festival, one of the most prestigious organizations in Spain, hosted artists from various countries despite the pandemic conditions. Representing Turkey for the second time this year, Yunus Emre Institute was followed with interest in the festival it participated in as part of the 2021 Yunus Emre Year events. Presenting Yunus Emre's message of universal love, brotherhood and friendship to the attention of people, the Institute drew attention to this universality by participating in the festival with a group of musicians from different countries. The concert, which was held with a limited number of participants in line with the measures taken due to the pandemic conditions, was watched with interest.