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Cathedral of St Michael and St George


SpiritFest 2011

Celebrating 400 years of the King James Bible Translation

SpiritFest forms part of the National Arts Festival and is a celebration of the arts in the context of faith. A variety of events unfolds over the period from 30 June 2011 to 10 July 2011 at the Grahamstown Cathedral and at other churches in Grahamstown.

Tickets (where applicable) are available from Computicket or at the door. Retiring collections taken will be in aid of the Cathedral Restoration Fund after each event.

Corporate Acts of Worship

Choral Mass - Sunday 3 July

Choral Mass, Holy Communion Service (1550) composed by John Merbecke (c. 1510 - c. 1585) including worship in dance.

Cathedral of St Michael and St George

Date: Sunday 3 July 9:30
Venue: Grahamstown Cathedral
Preacher: Rev Gerrit Kritzinger, CEO of the Bible Society of SA.

Combined Churches Gospel Service

Date: Sunday, 3 July at 18:00
Venue: Grahamstown Cathedral

Marimba Mass - Sunday 10 July

A marimba mass featuring St. Michael's Marimbas

St Michaels Marimbas

Date: Sunday 10 July 9:30
Venue: Grahamstown Cathedral
Preacher: The Dean of Grahamstown, the Very Revd Andrew Hunter

Dean, the Very Revd Andrew Hunter

All are warmly invited to join us for these acts of worship and celebration.

Dance and Drama

Worship in Dance Workshop

Cathedral of St Michael and St George

Kati Ansell, Director of DaySpring Dance Company, together with a team of dancers, will lead a workshop on "Worship in Dance". Participants will be taught a dance, which will form part of the worship at the Festival Eucharist on Sunday 3 July at 9:30. ALL AGES welcome! Wear comfortable clothes that do not restrict your movement! No dance experience necessary. Let's learn to worship through dance!

Date: Saturday, 2 July 14:00-16:00
Venue: Grahamstown Cathedral
Donation: R10, payable at the door.

Just the Way You Are

Just the way you are

An inspiring and family friendly Dance and Drama production based on the book by Max Lucado. Performed by DaySpring Dance Company

Dates: Monday 4 July 15:00 - 16:00
Tuesday 5 July 15:00 - 16:00 and Tuesday 5 July18:00 - 19:00
Venue: Grahamstown Cathedral
Donation: R40 payable at the door

Music

Gospel Concerts

Dates: Friday 1 July at 19:00 and Saturday 2 July at 19:00
Venue: Grahamstown Cathedral
Tickets: R30 (Available from Computicket or at the door)

Lost and Found

Revive with a meditative original contemporary worship performance by Grahamstown singer/songwriter Peter Adlard.

Peter Adlard

Dates: 4, 6, 8 July
Time: 17:00 - 17:45
Retiring Collection

St. Michael's Marimbas

Enjoy a variety of sacred and secular music from Africa and abroad played by the St Michael's marimba groups. This is our 6th year at the Festival.

Marimba group

Dates: Tuesday 5 July 13:15 - 14:00 and
Friday 8 July 13:15 - 14:00
Retiring Collection

Multi-media presentation

The Beauty of Holiness

The Magi

An unusual guided tour of the Grahamstown Cathedral linking music, poetry and drama to some of the visual art integral to the building. Devised and presented by Jeanette Eve. Music directed by Barbara Stout. Read, performed and sung by Cathedral parishioners and guests.

Dates: Friday 1 July; Wednesday 6 July
Time: 14:00 - 15:15
Donation: R40 payable at the door.

Children

Game spotting

Come on a lion hunt around the Cathedral and see if you can find the twenty plus animals, including some mice, depicted there. Then take part in a fun quiz to test your knowledge of biblical references to animals!

Dates: Thursday 7 & Friday 8 July
Time: 15:30 - 16:00
Donation: R10, payable at the door.

Just the Way You Are

See details under Dance and Drama.

Bellringing in the Cathedral Tower

(30 minutes per tour, maximum 12 people)

Climb the 65 Cathedral Tower steps to view the oldest of South Africa's seven bell towers and see how the bells are rung.

Dates: Monday. 4 July; Wednesday 6 July; Saturday 9 July
Times: 12:30 - 13:00 & 13:00 - 13:30
Retiring collection will go towards the transport costs needed to enable learners from 3 local schools to learn to ring.

Art Exhibitions

Cornucopia biblica: nature, spirituality and text

Julia Skeen

Julia Skeen's latest exhibition comprises a series of large-scale images of spiritually significant fruits and vegetables. Whether a bunch of pomegranates hanging close to the soil or olives dangling from a branch in the sky, the expanded vision of her oils provides fresh and exuberantly colourful encounters with nature.

Time: 10:00 - 14:00 and 18:00- 21:00 Daily
Venue: The Cory Room, next to the Long Table in St George's Hall, 108 High Street
Entrance free

Watercross

An Exhibition of paintings and sculptures symbolising the spiritual by Greg Schultz and Werhner Lemmer

Venue: Christ Church, Speke Street.
Open daily.

Pierre Botha: Exhibition of paintings.

Venue: Christ Church, Speke Street.
Open daily.

Ancient Bibles

A display of priceless early printing celebrating the KJV 400th

10:00-16:00 daily in the Cathedral (excluding service and performance times)

A Keiskamma altarpiece on view in the Cathedral.

Kesiskamma altarpiece

Do be sure to visit the Cathedral and see this incredible work of art made by the Keiskamma Art Project in Hamburg, Eastern Cape.

10:00-16:00 daily in the Cathedral (excluding service and performance times)

Books

Book launch

Launch of a facsimile reprint of Grahamstown Cathedral: A Guide and Short History by Charles Gould (1924) with updated information and a new introduction by Jeanette Eve.

This book is published by the Cory Library, Rhodes University as part of their Eastern Cape REPRINTS series.

Date: Friday 1 July
Time: 11.00 - 12.00

Book Stall

Bibles and a variety of Christian books will be on sale daily in the Cathedral.

Lectures

A lecture series in celebration of the 400th anniversary of the King James Version of the Bible (KJV). these lectures will be held in the Chapter House in the Cathedral. A retiring collection after each lecture

Did King James really write the KJV - and other conspiracies?

Paul Walters (Emeritus Professor of English, Rhodes University)

Date: Monday 4 July
Time: 11:00-12:00
Venue: The Chapter House room in the Cathedral.

The Divine Spark

Poetry readings and music from the period of the KJV, led by the Cathedral's Director of Music, Barbara Stout, and English Literary

enthusiasts, Paul Walters, Malcolm Hacksley and Jeanette Eve.

Date: Tuesday 5 July
Time: 11:00-12:00
Venue: The Chapter House room in the Cathedral.

Reformation, Renaissance and Authority - The Story of the KJV.

Jonathan May (College of the Transfiguration)

Date: Wednesday 6 July
Time: 11:00-12:00
Venue: The Chapter House room in the Cathedral.

Can a Scientist Really be an Intellectually Fulfilled Atheist? - 400 years to decide.

Peter Rose (Emeritus Professor of Biotechnology, Rhodes University)

Date: Thursday 7 July
Time: 11:00-12:00
Venue: The Chapter House room in the Cathedral.

Was the reformation really worth it - an irenic dialogue between a Catholic and a Protestant.

Francis Williamson (Philosopher, Rhodes University) and Andrew Hunter (Dean of the Cathedral of St Michael & St George)

Date: Friday 8 July
Time: 11:00-12:00
Venue: The Chapter House room in the Cathedral.

Lunch-time films

A number of films exploring the KJV Bilble will be exhibited in the Cathedral Chapter House; (retiring collection)

The making of the King James Bible

The remarkable story of how the book was produced that shaped the English language.

Monday 4 July; 13:00 - 13:45

John Wycliffe: The Morning Star

The amazing life and times of the first translator of the Bible into English.

Thursday 7 July, 13:00 - 14:20

God's outlaw: The Story of William Tyndale

A powerful and exciting account of the man who risked everything, including his life, to get the Bible to the common people.

Saturday 9 July, 13:00 - 14:35