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Spiritfest - Initiative of the Churches of the Diocese of Grahamstown

part of the National Arts Festival Fringe, will again be celebrating the arts
in the context of the Christian faith in 2016. Spiritfest is an initiative of
the Grahamstown churches, and will showcase worship, music, guided prayer,
drama and lectures as well as book launches in some of Grahamstowns
magnificent churches.


services during Spiritfest will include a Choral Evensong and two special
Festival Eucharists in the Cathedral. At Commemoration Methodist Church Bishop
Andile Mbete will preach at a festival service, and for those who enjoy
contemplative liturgical worship there will be a Lucernarium, an ancient
ceremony of lights, in the Cathedral.


For music
lovers the programme of exciting items includes a concert performance of
Andrew-John Bethke Chamber Eucharist. There will be performances by the St.
Michaels Marimbas, the Arthur Wellington Methodist Choir, and two organ
recitals, by Dr Andrew-John Bethke and Professor Albert Troskie. Not to be
missed is a demonstration in the Cathedral Tower of how the great bells are


Spiritfest Winter School in St Patricks Catholic Church will host lectures by
Owen Franklin, Francis Williamson, and Chris Mann with Julia Skeen, covering a
diverse range of topics:  -The Church and Same-gender Relationships, -Benedict
Daswa (a modern African martyr), and  Anxiety and Grace. Philippe Menache
with Darryl Earl David, and Andrew-John Bethke will launch their new books
titled Church Tourism in South Africa and Celebrating the Seasons.


There will
be an exhibition of visual works by Christian artists:  40 Stones in the Wall.
Guided prayer sessions will be offered throughout the week and a drama
performance titled Romero will bring the story of Archbishop Oscar Romero to
life on stage. For those of us who would like to share our own poems, stories,
or testimonies, or simply listen to those of others, there will be an Open Mic
session emceed by Harry Owen.


brings the rich Christian faith to life with vibrant and diverse performances
of music, worship and drama, whilst feeding our souls with services, lectures
and book launches.


For more
about Spiritfest take a look at

Like our
Facebook page: facebook.com/spiritfest.grahamstown

For further
information contact Maggy Clarke at 046 622 7803,


Posted: 2016/06/20 (11:39:11 AM)

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