Spiritfest is the Grahamstown Churches’ initiative in the National Arts Festival.
This year the Festival runs from 27 June to 7 July 2019.
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There is no entrance charge for any Spiritfest events – retiring collection.
- Ecumenical Street Parade & Celebration
- Sunday Worship
- Feesdiens met Drama
- Weekday Worship Services
- Visual Art
- Spiritfest Winter School
- Meditation and Prayer
Come and join in a joyful and colourful march of public testimony, ending with an act of worship and song in the Commemoration Methodist Church, led by the Grahamstown Circuit Church Choir conducted by Siyabulela Lali and Reuben Maselwa, and other local choirs.
Sun 30 June 15:00 (2 hrs) Starting points to be announced – to include the Drostdy Arch
Cathedral – Festival Eucharist Services
30 June 09:30 (1h30) The Cathedral. Come and participate in a magnificent Choral Eucharist, with the Cathedral Choir.
Preacher: Dean Andrew Hunter
7 July 09:30 (1h30) The Cathedral. The Makhanda Kwantu Choir will sing the Missa Brevis by Zoltan Kodaly.
Preacher: The Revd Canon Dr Claire Nye Hunter
Commemoration Methodist Church – Festival Communion Services
30 June 09:00 (1h30) Commemoration Methodist Church, Church Square
Preachers: Revs Otto Ntshanyana and Philip Howarth
7 July 09:00 (1h30) Commemoration Methodist Church, Church Square.
Preacher: Rev Philip Howarth
Every Nation Church
30 June, 7 July 09:30 (1h30) Every Nation Church, 10 Hill Street
Nederduits Gereformeerde Kerk
30 Junie 10:00 (1hr) NGK, Hillstraat (sien onder, Feesdiens met Drama)
7 Julie 09:00 (1hr) NGK, Hillstraat
River of Life Church
30 June, 7 July 10:15 (1hr30) River of Life Church, corner Hill & Huntley Streets
St Patrick’s Catholic Church – Sunday Mass
30 June, 7 July 08:00 (1h30) St Patrick’s Church, Hill Street
Trinity Presbyterian Church
30 June, 7 July 09:30, 18:30 (1h30) Trinity Church, Hill Street
Twee susters voel van God verlate in ‘n noodlydende en gevaarlike wêreld en sukkel om hulle geloof te behou. Aangebied deur die NG Gemeente van Dias.
30 Junie 10:00 (1hr) N G Kerk, Hillstraat
The Cathedral Choir will sing a traditional Choral Evensong with a difference – featuring works in different languages by South African authors and composers.
Fri 28 June 17:30 (1 hr) The Cathedral
Weekday Mass – St Patrick’s Catholic Church
Fri 28 June, Wed 3 & Fri 5 July 13:15 (30 mins) St Patrick’s Church, Hill Street
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 3 July 17:30 (40 mins) The Cathedral
St Michael’s Marimbas
From the beating of the drum to the echoing of the marimba, calling upon nations to unite! An energy-filled experience with St Michael’s Marimbas at the Cathedral. Do not miss out on this chance to be rejuvenated!
Fri 28 June, Mon 1 July 13:00 (1 hr) The Cathedral
Choral Extravaganza – Quava Vocal Group & Makhanda Kwantu Choir
A collaboration between two award-winning South African choirs. Hear the Quava Vocal Group from Johannesburg, and Makhanda’s own Kwantu Community Choir, sing a selection of the best choral works from Africa and all over the world. Both choirs won Diplomas at the World Choir Games in Pretoria in 2018!
Sat 29 June 11:00 (1hr) 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 classical works by the Rocher family – Salomie (organ/ piano), Conrad (violin), Julius (violin) and Cornelia (viola).
Sun 30 June, Tue 2 July 12:00 (40 mins) N G Kerk, Market Street
Enjoy listening to the lovely voices of Sisa Nomana and Sibu Mkhize. The repertoire of Trinity tenors is a combination of classical and popular music, including well-loved religious works such as ‘Rock of Ages’ and ‘How great Thou art’.
Mon 1, Tue 2, Thurs 4 July 17:30 (50 mins) Trinity Presbyterian Church, Hill Street
Sweet is the Fruit of the Prickly Pear
Chris Mann takes on the role of backveld troubadour Fafa Hopkins in a unique programme of original songs about the deep south of South Africa. Good medicine for RAPS (Repetitive AfroPessism Syndrome).
Tue 2 July 17:30 (50 mins) The Cathedral Coffee Shop, inside the Cathedral
Organ Recital (I) ‘Hymns without Words’ – Stephen Holder
Many great composers have based organ works on the melodies of favourite hymns. Come and enjoy a number of such pieces, by Bach and Balbastre, Dyson, Nystedt and Tanke. Stephen Holder taught music at Kingswood College and was the Chapel organist until his retirement at the end of 2018.
Tue 2 July 13:00 (50 mins) Commemoration Methodist Church, Church Square
Organ Recital (II) ‘Toccatas, Adagios and Fugues’ – Christopher Cockburn
The brilliant virtuosity of the toccata, the expressive lyricism of the adagio, and the formal complexity of the fugue make up a programme of strong contrasts by composers from different times and places. Christopher Cockburn, a member of staff of the Music Department of UKZN, is a former Director of Music at Grahamstown Cathedral.
Wed 3 July 13:00 (50 mins) The Cathedral
Climb the narrow spiral steps to view the oldest bell tower in South Africa and learn how the enormous bells are rung. 15 people maximum per tour. Reserve your place at the base of the tower.
Sat 29 June, Fri 5 & Sat 6 July 13:00 – 13:30 & 13:30 – 14:00 Ringing Chamber, Cathedral Tower
40 Stones in the Wall Group Exhibition
Curated by Jonathan Griffiths and Eben Lochner.
A collective of young artists from across the country explore the relationship between faith and artistic practice in this group exhibition. Various media.
Open daily 27 June – 6 July: 10:00 – 16:00, 17:00 – 20:00. 7 July: 10:00 – 12:00
The Cory Room, behind 108 High Street, next to the Long Table Restaurant
Open daily 27 June – 6 July: 09:00 – 17:00. 7 July: 09:00 – 12:00
Kim Webber Real Estate, 38 Somerset Street (opposite the Arch)
Delve/Delft: Solo Exhibition by Heidi Salzwedel
An exhibition of drawings dealing with place, history and spirituality through the lens of two towns that share the same name: Delft in Holland and Delft in Western Cape.
Open daily 27 June – 6 July: 09:00 – 17:00. 7 July: 09:00 – 12:00
Carinus Art Centre, Beaufort Street
‘The Horn of Plenty’ – Painting-Poems
Let poet Chris Mann guide you around a selection of the original works from the book. Paintings by Julia Skeen combine with Chris’s poems to form unique works of art.
Wed 3 July 15:00 (50 mins) Chapel of St Mary & All Angels, Rhodes University
Lectures & discussions, 11:00 (1 hr). The Cathedral Coffee Shop, inside the Cathedral
(except second lecture on 4 July, see below)
Mon 1 July: ‘The Kin-dom of God in an Age of Uncertainty: Christian Public Witness Between Pope Francis and Donald Trump’ – Fr Anthony Egan SJ
Tue 2 July: David Manning, stained glass expert, gives an introduction and tour of the historic Cathedral windows
Wed 3 July: ‘For God’s sake hold your tongue and let me love: the many loves of John Donne.’ – Prof Paul Walters
Thurs 4 July: ‘Student protests, mediation and peace-making at Rhodes University, 2015 – 2016’ – The Very Revd Dr Andrew Hunter
Thurs 4 July: David Manning, stained glass expert, gives an introduction and tour of the chapel windows of historic Grahamstown schools.
Meet at the St Andrew’s College Chapel, corner of Worcester & Somerset Streets at 11:00
Fri 5 July: ‘Art, reality and theology: the role of the arts in God’s big story’ – Thorsten Marbach, engineer and theologian.
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.
1 – 5 July 09:30 (1hr) St Patrick’s Church, Hill Street