Spiritfest is the Grahamstown Churches’ initiative in the National Arts Festival.
This year the Festival runs from 28 June to 8 July 2018.
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WHAT A WONDERFUL SPIRITFEST!
We thank God for a rich and varied Spiritfest programme, which ended on Sunday 8 July. Many thanks also to all those who participated: the members of the working group, drawn from many churches in the town: Catholic, Anglican, Baptist, N G Kerk, Every Nation Church, Methodist, Presbyterian and the inter-denominational Christians@Rhodes.
Thanks to our participants, who offered nine concerts, five art exhibitions, an Open Mic session, three lectures, two book launches, sessions of Meditation and Guided Prayer, and many amazing services of worship to the glory of almighty God. Thank you for your use of your God-given talents. See below for everyone’s names, and details of their programmes.
For photos of most of the events, see the Spiritfest Gallery.
To see the Spiritfest programme as it appeared in the 2018 National Arts Festival official programme, click here.
There is a retiring collection at Spiritfest events, except where booking details are mentioned.
The Cathedral Choir will sing a traditional Choral Evensong with a difference – featuring works in different languages by South African authors and composers.
Fri 29 June 17:30 (1 hour) The Cathedral
Sunday Unity Mass – St Mary’s Catholic Church
A Mass of Unity as four local Catholic congregations come together from different parts of town to celebrate and worship.
Sun 1 July 09:30 (1½ hours) St Mary’s Catholic Church, Cnr Albany Road and Fitchat Street
Weekday Mass – St Patrick’s Catholic Church
Fri 29 June, Wed 4 & Fri 6 July 13:15 (30 mins) St Patrick’s Church, Hill Street
Festival Eucharist – Cathedral
Come and participate in a magnificent Choral Eucharist, with the Cathedral Choir and organ, and St Michael’s Marimbas.
Preacher: The Very Revd Andrew Hunter, Dean of Grahamstown
Sun 1 July 09:30 (1½ hours) The Cathedral
Festival Services – Trinity Presbyterian Church
Sun 1 July 09:30, 18:30. (1½ hours) Trinity Church, Hill Street
Festival Service – Every Nation Church
Come and join in the vibrant worship of the Every Nation Church as they celebrate the presence of God in the midst of the Festival.
Sun 1 July 09:30 (1½ hours) General Lecture Theatre, Rhodes Campus
Preacher: Eben Lochner.
A lucernarium is a simple service of lighting the lamps before the darkness of evening sets in. A small choir will lead plainsong sections of the service. A must for those who enjoy contemplative liturgical worship.
Wed 4 July 17:30 (40 mins) The Cathedral
Ecumenical Street Parade
Sun 8 July 08:30 meet at the Drostdy Arch to process down High Street with the Methodist Young Men’s Guild, and members of various denominations with banners, in this act of public testimony! Refreshments will be available for participants, in the St Patrick’s Church Hall, Hill Street, after the march.
Festival Service – Commemoration Methodist Church
Preacher: Bishop Andile Mbete
Sun 8 July 09:00 (1½ hours) Commemoration Methodist Church, Church Square
Festival Eucharist – Cathedral
We welcome the Jesus College Choir from Cambridge in the UK, conducted by Richard Pinel. This acclaimed choir comes from a College founded in 1496. They will be singing the Cantus Missae Op. 109 by Josef Rheinberger.
Preacher: The Venerable Mzinzisi Dyantyi, Sub-Dean of Grahamstown.
Sun 8 July 09:30 (1½ hours) The Cathedral
St Michael’s Marimbas
Come and enjoy the vibe presented by Asakhe Cuntsulana and his band of young musicians with a uniquely African rhythm in their souls.
Fri 29 June, Mon 2 July 13:15 (45 mins) The Cathedral
Grahamstown Kwantu Choir, Choral concert
Founded in 2017 by conductor Kutlwano Kepadisa, this dynamic choir draws together singers from Grahamstown schools and Rhodes University, as well as community members. Hear them sing songs from Jake Runestad to Rachmaninoff and Mendelssohn, in English, Russian, German, Latin, isiXhosa, isiZulu and Setswana.
Sat 30 June 13:00 (60 mins) The Cathedral
Grahamstown Circuit Church Choir, Choral concert
Members of the Grahamstown Circuit Church Choir are drawn from a number of Methodist church choirs in the area. Come and hear them sing rousing spiritual favourites from South Africa and beyond, conducted by Siyabulela Lali and Reuben Maselwa.
Sun 1 July 15:00 (50 mins) Commemoration Methodist Church, Church Square
Enjoy listening to the lovely voices of Sisa Nomana and Sibu Mkhize. The programme includes ‘Be my love’, ‘My Lord, what a morning’, ‘Nobody knows’, ‘Music of the night’, ‘Nessun Dorma’ and many more favourites.
Tue 3, Wed 4, Thurs 5 July 19:30 (50 mins) Trinity Presbyterian Church, Hill Street
Noël-Jean Creille, Organ Recital
Come and enjoy the splendid and majestic sounds of the Cathedral organ, in a programme including works by Händel, Boyce, Camidge, and Du Pré among others.
Noël-Jean studied organ, singing, piano and composition at the University of the Orange Free State in Bloemfontein and in the summer and winter vacations took master classes with the renowned organist, Maríe-Claire Alain, at the Sorbonne in Paris. Read more….
Tue 3 July 15:00 (50 mins) The Cathedral
Please note this is the correct date and time, not as is printed in the Spiritfest flyers.
The acclaimed choir of Jesus College, Cambridge, presents a varied concert of sacred and secular music from around the world. See more, and book, on the National Arts Festival website.
Sat 7 July 11:00 & 15:00 (1 hour) Kingswood College Chapel.
Please note these are the correct, updated details. Since the printing of the National Arts Festival programme, dates, times and venue have changed!
A Feather on the Breath of God
Soprano Emma Farquharson, who won a Standard Bank Encore Ovation at last year’s Festival, presents a special classical music concert to showcase and celebrate the exquisite and profound compositions of women, from AD 500 to the 1980s. She will be joined by pianist Nina van Schoor, and cellist Caleb Vaughn-Jones, artist-in-residence at Kingswood College. The title comes from a comment written by the 11th century theologian Bernard of Clairvaux, upon hearing Hildegard of Bingen’s lyrical anthems for the first time. See more, and book, on the National Arts Festival website.
Thur 28 June 17:00; Fri 29 June 11:00; Sun 1 July 18:00; Mon 2 July 12:00 (1 hour). Nuns’ Chapel, Rhodes Campus
Fafa Hopkins, the stage-name of Chris Mann, Emeritus Professor of Poetry at Rhodes, presents a series of original song-poems sparked by the flickers of transcendence and regeneration we experience in daily life. For details of the show search for ‘Fafa Hopkins’ on Facebook.
Thurs 28 June, Fri 6 July 17:15 (60 mins) The Cathedral Coffee Shop, inside the Cathedral
Be Still and Know
Let your heart be touched and your soul become still in the presence of the Lord, with 40 minutes of contemplative Taizé hymns and excerpts from Baroque works by the Rocher family – Salomie (organ/piano), Conrad (violin), Julius (violin) and Cornelia (viola).
Sun 1, Tue 3 July 12:00 (40 mins) N G Kerk, Market Street
40 Stones in the Wall Group Exhibition
Curated by Jonathan Griffiths, Eben Lochner and Paul Greenway.
A collective of young artists from across the country explore the relationship between faith and artistic practice in this group exhibition. Various media.
The Cory Room, Behind 108 High Street, next to the Long Table Restaurant
Open daily 12:00 – 14:00 and 18:00 – 20:30.
AND Fort Selwyn (on the hill next to the Monument).
Open daily 09:00 – 17:00.
Solo Exhibition: ‘Possible Impossibilities’ – Franli Meintjes
In this exhibition Franli Meintjes allows the viewer to journey along with her through her own personal inner struggle and process caused by her pursuit of reaching for something that might seem impossible. The metamorphosis of popcorn and the different stages of ceramics together with the use of technology forms her vehicle of investigation.
Open daily 28 June – 7 July: 09:00 – 17:00. 8 July: 09:00 – 12:00
Carinus Art Centre, Beaufort Street
Sculpture in the Cathedral
Two sculptures of famous South African spiritual leaders who witnessed boldly for the truth, by Niel Jonker. They depict Fr (later Archbishop) Trevor Huddleston, and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.
Open daily: 09:00 – 16:00 except during performances. The Cathedral
An art walkabout with moments of silent contemplation.
Artist Julia Skeen will talk about the architecture and artworks of one of the most beautiful buildings in Grahamstown. Includes a tricultural triptych of the Madonna and iconic images of Christ by the artist.
30 June, 2 July 12:00 (50 mins) Chapel of St Mary and all Angels, Rhodes University Campus
Lectures, discussions, book launches
11:00 (1 hour) The Cathedral Coffee Shop, inside the Cathedral
Mon 2 July: The Revd Dr Mary Ryan: ‘In the footsteps of Mary Magdalene’. Clearing pathways for women’s priesthood in an inclusive Catholic church.
Mary Ryan is a theologian, a social activist, a leader in the broad caring community in Heidelberg, WMG (wife-mother-grandmother) and a committed Christian with an interesting spiritual journey.
Tue 3 July: Phumeza Mntonintshi: ‘My journey towards training as a Sangoma’.
Phumeza Mntonintshi, a Methodist, grew up in Tsolo, Eastern Cape, and trained in museology in Cape Town; she is a mother of two boys and has been in training as a sangoma.
Wed 4 July: Book Launch: Jeanette Eve: ‘Reminders of Connectedness’.
With a lifelong love of the art of words, Jeanette Eve has studied and taught Literature in various contexts, and for some years shared her enthusiasm through the Cathedral’s ‘Faith and Literature’ group. An occasional writer of poems, this little collection reveals her love for Creation and some ways in which her spiritual journey has included a growing realisation that all life is one.
Fri 6 July: Book Launch: Michael Arnold: ‘The Forgotten Feast and the Covenant of Grace’.
Do you despair because you can’t live up to the ‘demands’ of the Gospel? This book will provide you with comfort and encouragement. Michael Arnold is a classical scholar, theologian and experienced Anglican school chaplain. Read more about the book here.
Sat 7 July: Al Gini: ‘The Importance of Humour in our personal and professional lives’.
Given the troubling times in which we live, Al Gini believes that the only way to deal with the daily assault of real news, fake news, and bad news in our lives is to laugh at it and with it. He is convinced that laughter offers perspective, reinforces our humanity, and encourages hope. Al Gini is a Professor of Business Ethics in the Quinlan School of Business at Loyola University Chicago.
Explore the tradition that comes to us through the centuries from the Desert Fathers and Mothers, led by visitors from the World Community for Christian Meditation and the Centre for Christian Spirituality.
Commemoration Methodist Church Hall
2 – 6 July 16:00 – 17:00
Guided prayer allows one’s prayer life to become enriched. Through experiencing different ways of praying you will become more aware of God’s presence in your daily life. Thirty minutes Monday to Friday with a confidential prayer guide for listening, sharing and reflecting.
St Mary’s Church, Cnr Albany Road & Fitchat Street
2 – 6 July 30-minute slots available between 10:00 and 11:30. No charge. To book, email email@example.com or book at the venue.
Share a poem, a story, a song, a sacred text, or a testimony – yours or somebody else’s – with a sympathetic audience in the beauty of a sacred site. Bring your instrument or just your voice, and share the song in your heart. With emcee Harry Owen, well-known South African poet and Grahamstown resident.
Wed 4 July 15:00 (1 hour) The Cathedral Coffee Shop, inside the Cathedral