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Wednesday 13 February 2013

Lentfest Launch
 
Glasgow s traditional Lenten arts festival kicks off on Ash Wednesday,
February 13, with a heady mix of art and faith running for the six week
lead-up to Easter.
 
Now in its 7th year, and having picked up endorsements from the Vatican
as well as some of Scotland s leading artists along the way, this year s
festival will provide a series of new offerings:
 
 
·                 The country s top brass musicians from the Royal
Conservatoire of Scotland will bring their talents to the historic and
beautiful Our Holy Redeemer s Church in Clydebank for the free opening
concert of the festival.
 
·                 Scotland s finest Gaelic music talent will come together with
presenter Cathy MacDonald for A Journey through the Hebridean Heart a
special concert which will be broadcast by the BBC from St Mary s Church
in Glasgow s much-maligned Calton area.
 
·                 And a travelling play, entitled The Pilgrimage will tour
nine venues around the Glasgow area with its uplifting, moving and
sometimes hilarious story of a trip to the French shrine town of
Lourdes.
 
The Festival kicks off with an extraordinary fusion of art forms on Ash
Wednesday when one of Scotland s best known painters, Sandy Moffat, will
produce a new work during the opening ceremony while emerging opera
singer Martin Aelred performs music from Puccini Messa di Gloria.
Moffat s painting will then be auctioned to support SCIAF, the
Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund s Syria Emergency Appeal.
 
Lentfest is the biggest festival of the Year for the Archdiocese of
Glasgow Arts Project founded in 2006.
 
Speaking ahead of the launch, Archbishop of Glasgow, Philip Tartaglia,
said: This year s Lentfest promises an amazing array of opportunities
for people across the Glasgow area to engage with faith through art.  
Many of the performances will be taken to areas which do not usually
have visiting theatre companies or musicians in their neighbourhood.  
The aim of the festival is to reach out to people of all faiths and none
with the Christian message as expressed in art.
 
Over the years the Festival has grown in size and importance, and I am
delighted to be able to launch it for the 2013 season at the start of
Lent when we propose the Christian message anew in all its splendour.
 
Director of Lentfest, Stephen Callaghan, said: Each year the Festival
has its own surprises and highlights. This year we are delighted to have
the great Sandy Moffat give of his time and talent, and the great
concerts of brass music and Gaelic music will be special highlights.  
But Lentfest is very much a community arts festival and some of my best
memories are of taking theatre to the housing schemes of Glasgow and
finding there receptive audiences and the warmest of welcomes.
 
ENDS

Peter Kearney
Director
Catholic Media Office
5 St. Vincent Place
Glasgow
G1 2DH
0141 221 1168
07968 122291
pk@scmo.org
www.scmo.org

Note to Editors:

YOU ARE INVITED TO SEND A REPORTER/PHOTOGRAPHER/FILM CREW TO ATTEND THE
LAUNCH OF LENTFEST 2011 AT 11AM IN THE EYRE HALL, ARCHDIOCESE OF
GLASGOW, 196 CLYDE STREET, G1 4JY  
Full details of this year s Lentfest programme can be found here:
http://www.agap.org.uk/lentfest
 
For more information or to arrange interview contact Ronnie Convery,
Director of Communications, Archdiocese of Glasgow, on 0141 226 5898 or
07735 224789.

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