Islamic Group Won't Perform in Utah Because of Visa Problems

April 2, 2007

Author: Anne Wilson

Source: The Salt Lake Tribune

An Islamic group from Turkey scheduled to perform tonight at Kingsbury Hall won't be appearing because of visa problems, according to a spokesman for the sponsoring organization.

Etga Ugur, of the Utah nonprofit Multicultural Arch Foundation, said the Order of the Whirling Dervishes of Turkey was unable to secure visas in time for the Utah concert, the first in a scheduled string of appearances in the U.S.

Ugur is hopeful the concert, titled "Whirling World: A Mystical Performance by the Whirling Dervishes of Rumi and a Classical Sufi Music Concert," can be rescheduled for later in April.

"The visa application process took much longer than expected," Ugur said Monday. "We did not anticipate any probems but unfortunately . . . they were made to wait much longer."