OCEANIA/AUSTRALIA - Young people invited to express their Christian faith with artistic creativity during Youth Festival at World Youth Day 2008 in Sydney

Friday, 13 April 2007

Sydney (Agenzia Fides) - Talented young people from anywhere in the world have been invited to put their art at the service of the 2008 World Youth Day in Sydney. WYD organisers have asked young artists, musicians, singers, actors, designers, producers etc to present their ideas for a series of spectacles in a 3 day Youth Festival during the week 15 to 20 July 2008.
The different initiatives will all focus on the theme of WYD “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you and you will be my witnesses”. The intention is to make exhibitions, paintings, music, theatre, cinema, channels of evangelisation. “The three-day Youth Festival takes place in the middle of WYD08 week - 15-20 July 2008 - and will feature music, performing arts, visual art exhibitions, debate, film, community gatherings, street performers, workshops and a vocations expo. "These are just some of the ways we are encouraging the youth of Australia and the world creatively to express and present their faith," WYD08 Coordinator Bishop Anthony Fisher OP said. "The Youth Festival is the perfect way for pilgrims to share their culture and faith as well as contribute to the experience of what is set to be an unforgettable event. "We want young people to create and to appreciate, but above all, to participate," he said. Youth Festival activities will take place in the afternoons and evenings at venues across the city - in parks, playing fields, churches, halls, galleries and outdoor performance spaces. Applications are expected from bands, visual artists, actors, poets, dancers, movements, associations, individual speakers and other creative people. "Performances, debates and exhibitions will reflect the Catholic vision and objectives of WYD08," Bishop Fisher said. Applications to present, perform or facilitate a Youth Festival activity are available at www.wyd2008.org and close on 26 October. . (PA) (Agenzia Fides 13/4/2007 righe 26 parole 262)