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Spiritfest 2015

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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 2 July 2015 to 12 July 2015 at the Grahamstown Cathedral and at other churches in Grahamstown.

The 2015 programme runs in a number of streams, namely:

Festival Worship Services

Choral Evensong - Fri 3 July

An inspiring choral evensong for festival goers, visual artists, musicians, writers and arts administrators. The service will feature the Cathedral Choir and original music and hymns by South Africans, and the dedication of a recently installed tapestry by the Keiskamma Arts Project in the lady chapel of the cathedral.
Lady Chapel Altar Piece Tapestry Time: 17:30 - 18:30 on Friday 3 July
Venue: Grahamstown Cathedral

Choral Eucharist - Sun 5 July

Vicentia Kgabe Come and participate in a magnificent choral Eucharist with rousing hymns led by the cathedral's director of music and organist Dr Andrew-John Bethke. William Byrd's Mass for Four Voices will be sung by a quartet drawn from the Cathedral Choir and from the Rhodes Chamber Choir.
Preacher: Dr Vicentia Kgabe, who has recently been appointed as the rector of the College of the Transfiguration in Grahamstown.
Time: 09.30 on Sunday, 5 July
Venue: Grahamstown Cathedral

Sunday Mass - Sun 5 July

Fr Nicholas King SJPresider: Fr Russell Pollitt SJ - The director of the Jesuit Institute.
Preacher: Fr Nicholas King SJ - A visiting professor of New Testament studies, Boston College, Massachusetts. Professor King has published many books on the New Testament, most recently The Complete Study Bible, a new translation of the scriptures.
Time: 08:00 on Sunday 5 July
Venue: St Patrick's Church, Hill Street

Lucernarium - Wed 8 July

A lucernarium is a simple service of lighting the lamps before the darkness of evening sets in. It is an ancient liturgy which formed the basis of evening prayer from the 4th to the 9th centuries. Vestiges of it are still discernible in modern liturgies. The service will begin in darkness and will centre around lighting a central Christ candle and then lighting numerous candles around the church. A small choir will lead plainsong sections of the service. It is a must for those who enjoy contemplative liturgical worship.
Time:17:30 to 18:10 on Wednesday 8 July
Venue: Grahamstown Cathedral

Festival Eucharist - Sun 12 July

The Reverend Rob Penrith Come and be inspired by a music-filled, devotional Eucharist.
Preacher: The Revd Rob Penrith, the school chaplain at the Diocesan School for Girls in Grahamstown.
Time: 09.30 on Sunday, 12 July
Venue: Grahamstown Cathedral

Daily Mass

Mass will be celebrated daily at 12:00 noon by a Jesuit priest in St Patrick's Church, Hill Street.

Music

Gospel Africa Music Concerts

Gospel music remains the most popular grass- roots music form in South Africa. This is your chance to experience the passion of new and established singers and bands.

Gospel Africa Concert

Times: 19.00 on Friday 3 July
and at 19.00 on Saturday 4 July
Venue: Trinity Presbyterian Church, 57 Hill Street
Tickets: R30 at the door.

Organ Recitals

Andrew-John Bethke Andrew-John Bethke, director of music at the Grahamstown Cathedral, will perform a programme of organ works inspired by famous hymn tunes. Works by Bach, Buxtehude, Brahms, Guilmant and Vaughn Williams will be featured. Don't miss this opportunity to hear an outstanding young musician and a world-class cathedral organ.
Times: 15:00 to 15:50 on Friday, 3 July
and at 15:00 to 15:50 on Friday, 10 July
Venue: Grahamstown Cathedral
Cost: Retiring collection

Rhodes Chamber Choir

Rhodes Chamber Choir The Rhodes University Chamber Choir was founded by Dr George Gruber in 1953 and is the oldest university chamber choir in South Africa. Since its inception it has maintained a rich and celebrated tradition of choral excellence. The choir varies in size from year to year with an average of six to eight singers per part (SATB). Its members are drawn from the undergraduate and graduate students of the university, both local and international. The repertoire of the choir is wide, covering a variety of genres ranging from sacred music from various eras, African-American spirituals, twentieth-century popular music and our particular speciality, South African traditional and contemporary music. In recent years the choir has premiered original works and arrangements by its own conductor and choristers. Enjoy the experience of our magical singing as we take you on a choral adventure. Conducted by Dr Andrew-John Bethke.
Times: 15:00 to 16:00 on Saturday, 4 July and at
15:00 to 16:00 on Sunday, 5 July
Venue: Grahamstown Cathedral

Grahamstown Methodist Circuit Choir

Commemoration Methodist Church A combined choir directed by Nonqaba Anthony, with members from a number of Methodist congregations in and around Grahamstown. Come and be inspired by their joyful interpretation of sacred songs.
Times: 15:00 to 16:00 on Saturday 11 July
Venue: Commemoration Methodist Church, Church Square

St. Michael's Marimbas

St Michaels Marimbas Penny Whitford and the band play sacred and secular music mainly from Africa. Come and enjoy the vibe presented by musicians with rhythm in their souls.
Times: 13.15 on Monday, 6 July
and at 13.15 on Wednesday, 8 July
Venue: Grahamstown Cathedral
Cost: Retiring collection

Bellringing in the Cathedral Tower

Climb the 67 cathedral tower steps to view the oldest of South Africa's seven bell towers and see how the bells are rung. Each tour is half an hour long and can accomodate a maximum 15 people.
Bell Ringers in the Tower Times: 13.00 - 13.30 & 13.30 - 14.00 on
Friday, 3 July; Saturday, 4 July; and Friday, 10 July
Venue: Spire of the Grahamstown Cathedral
Cost: Free, but donations will be welcomed

Art Exhibitions

40 Stones in the Wall

40 Stones Logo A faith based exhibition which responds to the concept of walls as something which hinders or builds relationships with God and within community. Viewers can join the discussion by engaging with the artworks wherein this theme is expressed and by talking with the artists-in-residence, who are creating artwork daily.
Official opening: 16:30 on Saturday 4 July
Walkabouts: 16:00 on Tuesday 7 July and at 10:00 on Saturday 11 July
Times: Daily (2 to 12 July) from 09:00 to 11:00 and 14.30 to 22.00
Venue: The Cory Room. This is off the passage leading to the Long Table restaurant behind 108 High Street and opposite King Pie.
Cost: Free

Paintings by the late Deon Lemmer

Painting by Deon Lemmer Deon Lemmer, a painter and art teacher in Alexandria, Eastern Cape, died in January 2014. The paintings on display in the Cathedral reflect his deep spirituality.
Times: Daily (2 to 12 July) from 10:00 to 16:00 except during performances
Venue: Grahamstown Cathedral

Psalm 19: The Heavens declare the Glory of God

Night skyPaul Greenway's large-scale installation based on photography of the night sky provides a stately-moving visual counterpoint to the poetry of the psalm. Paul Greenway is a professional photojournalist based in Grahamstown, and lectures at Rhodes University.
Times: Daily (2 to 12 July) from 10:00 to 16:00 except during performances
Venue: Grahamstown Cathedral

Winter School

The Spiritfest Winter School Lectures will be hosted by the Jesuit Institute of South Africa at St Patrick's Church, 47 Hill Street Please note the change in venue from previous years

Lectures

DateLecturerTopic
Sat 4 Jul
11:00 to 12:00
St Patrick's Church
Fr Graham Pugin SJ

Ignatius and Gerard Manley-Hopkins

Fr Graham Pugin SJ
Graham Pugin is an English scholar, national chaplain to Christian Life Communities and chaplain to the University of Cape Town. He joined the Jesuits after being one of the early conscientious objectors in 1979. He studied in London and studied and taught English Philology at Oxford. During his time as pastor of the Jesuit Church in Johannesburg he introduced and ran the annual Trinity Arts Festival.
Sat 11 Jul
11:00 to 12:00
St Patrick's Church
Anthony Egan

Turbulent Priests: Denis Hurley, Oscar Romero and the Prophetic Vocation

The Rev'd Dr Anthony Egan SJ
Dr Egan is an historian, ethicist and writer - on the staff of the Jesuit Institute. He teaches bio-ethics at Wits Medical School as well as a course on African history for the Ubuntu Programme at the University of Pretoria. He has written for a number of newspapers, and is a regular commentator on radio and television. Be inspired by the life and witness of two courageous 20th century archbishops. This year marks the centenary of Hurley's birth.

Artisans of Holiness

All lectures by Fr Graham Pugin SJ - English scholar, national chaplain to Christian Life Communities and chaplain to the University of Cape Town. Fr Pugin has a keen interest in English literature, and during his time as pastor of the Jesuit Church in Johannesburg he introduced and ran the annual Trinity Arts Festival.

6 July
11:00 to 12:00
St Patrick's Church
Robert Southwell

Robert Southwell: Poet, priest and martyr

Meet a 16th century English poet whose faith led him to a gruesome death.

7 July
11:00 to 12:00
St Patrick's Church
Matteo Ricci

Matteo Ricci: The wise man from the East

Matteo Ricci (1552-1610), was one of the founding figures of the Jesuit China missions.

8 July
11:00 to 12:00
St Patrick's Church
Guy Tachard

Guy Tachard: Ambassador, priest and scientist

Guy Tachard (1651 - 1712), was sent on two occasions to the Kingdom of Siam (modern-day Thailand) by the French king.

9 July
11:00 to 12:00
St Patrick's Church
Gerard Manley-Hopkins

Gerard Manley-Hopkins: Was Hopkins really happy?

A closer look at the life and faith of this beloved 19th century English priest and poet.

10 July
11:00 to 12:00
St Patrick's Church
Teilhard de Chardin

Teilhard de Chardin: Prophet, priest and palaeontologist

Teilhard de Chardin, a 20th century French philosopher and Jesuit priest, took part in the discovery of Peking Man.

Book Launch

Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled due to unforseen circumstances.

Meditation

Spiritual Doodling and Mandalas

Revd Michelle PiletWith the Revd Michelle Pilet, Rector of St Paul's Anglican Church, Parkhurst, Johannesburg.

MandalaPraying with crayons and paper! Sacred Doodling is a colourful and non-threatening exercise in which anyone can engage, using a scripture text and some crayons, and a willingness on the part of the pray-er to engage uncritically in an associative stream of consciousness prayer, with images.

Mandala is an ancient word which means a sacred circle. Many faiths, worldwide, use the circle as a sign of wholeness, eternity, a holding space, and opening inviting us into something more and bigger. It will involve a circle drawn on paper, and crayons/coloured pencils/ pastels … as well as your own willingness to engage reflectively with whatever emerges. Anyone is welcome to share in these prayer experiences.

Times: 16:00 - 18:00 7 & 9 July
Venue: St Patrick's Church, 47 Hill Street

Discussions, Conversations and Recitations

Spiritual Conversations

Revd Michelle PiletWith the Revd Michelle Pilet, Rector of St Paul's Anglican Church, Parkhurst, Johannesburg.

Drop in for as long as you wish to discuss, with an experienced spiritual director, the deeper dimensions of the art that you are experiencing or creating. Perhaps you felt deeply moved by something and want to share that feeling with others. Or perhaps you have come out of a performance and wondered what that was all about.

Times: 09:00 - 11:00 & 14:00-16:00 daily from 6 to 10 July
Venue: St Patrick's Church, 47 Hill Street

Open Mike

Claire Nye hunterSensitively emceed by the Revd Claire Nye Hunter you will be able to share a poem, a story, a sacred text, a song or testimony - yours or somebody else's - with a sympathetic audience in the beauty of a sacred site.

Time: 15:00 - 16:00 on Wednesday 8 July
Venue: Chapter House inside the Cathedral
Cost: Free, but donations are welcomed

The Wordfest DALRO/SAMRO Colloquium,
In association with Spiritfest and Think!Fest.

Can the media improve tolerance and understanding among world religions?

Maggie Thatcher once said, 'Publicity is the oxygen of terrorists.' Is there more to the matter than that?

A distinguished panel of experts from widely different media and religious backgrounds explores the complex issue of press freedom in a world where the number of religious adherents is escalating rapidly and coming into closer contact than before.

Barney PityanaThe Reverend Dr Barney Pityana, GCOB, former head of the Human Rights Commission, vice-chancellor of UNISA and rector of the Anglican College of the Transfiguration.

Hussein SolomonProfessor Hussein Solomon, Senior Professor in the Department of Political Studies and Governance at the University of the Free State; he has done considerable research on Muslim fundamentalism and terrorism in Africa.

Mr Gunarmand Nainggolan, First Secretary for Information and Social-Cultural Affairs at the Indonesian Embassy in South Africa. Indonesia is a secular democratic country and its constitution guarantees all people freedom of worship according to their beliefs; it is the country in the world with the highest population of Muslims.

Harry DugmoreProfessor Harry Dugmore, the Eastern Cape coordinator for the South African National Editors Forum, professor at the Rhodes University School of Journalism and Media Studies, and director of the Centre for Health Journalism

Times: 14:30-16:00 on Sunday 5 July 2015 NB, this is the correct time, not 11:00 as advertised in the Festival programme
Venue: Seminar Room 2, Eden Grove Building

Drama

"Romero" - A monologue with multimedia

Oscar RomeroEnter into the inspiring and moving story of Archbishop Oscar Romero. Romero, who became archbishop of San Salvador in 1977, spoke fearlessly on behalf of the poor and victims of oppression, and called upon the US to stop giving military support to the government of El Salvador. In 1980 he was assassinated, shot dead while celebrating Mass.

Devised by and featuring Fr Anthony Egan SJ - historian, ethicist and writer - on the staff of the Jesuit Institute. He has written for a number of newspapers, and is a regular commentator on radio and television.

Times: 16:00 - 16:45 6, 8 & 10 July
Venue: St Patrick's Church, 47 Hill Street