EVENTS IN AN AGE OF PANDEMIC
CAF’s main aim is to provide further events: performance, competitions and workshops with long term impact in all the arts – to build on what has been achieved in the past 6 years. Our current theme EDEN Restoring Paradise, will be followed by GOSPEL 2023, both of which complement the new Diocesan Life Vision. We are likewise striving to excite new people and young people, connecting them to sports clubs, activities & small groups, inspiring a love of the Gospels and showcasing courageous ways of worship e.g. gospel song writing, visual arts and performance etc.
The pandemic has enabled us to reach online audiences, resulting in wide coverage national and international, flexibility and longevity as witnessed through our Living Room Fest 2020, Inspires Sessions and Octopus creative workshops in 2021. We intend to continue using technological advances to extend our reach.
EDEN Restoring Paradise
Art Competition and Exhibition 2020
Judges: P.J Crook MBE and Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester
Bishop Rachel said the ‘An amazing array of art and wonderfully diverse.’
The winners: Eleanor Thomas, Mike Tucker, Nana S. Brown-Wood, Deborah Harrison, John Barrett, Jennie Burge and Paul Hobbs
Highly Commended: Carole Bury, Sue Trickey
Commended: Elizabeth Green, Andrea McClean
There were 7 favourites chosen by our Judges: Bishop Rachel and PJ Crook out of over 100 entries ….. the calibre of entries was so high, they both came up with different winners!
This is unprecedented in our competition history!
If you want more insight into the Artists’ response to the theme,
a you tube film is available where each artist explains their perspective and practice.
‘Praise the Lord!’ the art exhibition did take place 3 – 7 December 2020.
Festival Feast and the Future
23 April – 12 May 2019
Feast your eyes on the many Encounters!!
The joy of life in all its fullness through
Music, Art, Comedy, Drama, Dance and Film
84 + EVENTS in 44 VENUES
Thank you to everyone who supported us with sponsorship, hosting events, performing, painting, leading workshops, stewarding, refreshments, driving, brochure distribution, donations, buying tickets, leaving comments and telling friends and neighbours about the Festival.
So we can provide even better festivals in the future, do send us feedback of your encounters during the festival – firstname.lastname@example.org
Princess Hall, Cheltenham Ladies’ College
‘Wow! What an evening! Thank you so much for inviting me along to such a fabulous concert. I really enjoyed the performance. Congratulations on a hugely successful event! ‘ Alex Chalk MP
Elim Sound with Sam Blake
Extremely popular up-beat Worship Concert thrilling for all attendees – witnessing prophetic art also and young people got the opportunity to take up a paint brush and make their own mark.
Sermon Slam 2019
The Sermon Slam was won by Paul Chesworth in 2019 – the calibre of entries gets better every year since it’s inauguration in 2016 – an event not to be missed in the future. BBC Presenter Richard Atkins is still hoping to win!
No Abiding City
Bishop Rachel welcomed Bishop Michael Lewis from Jerusalem and designate for the Middle East for his thought-provoking event ‘No Abiding City.’
Festival of Stars 2018
The LIVE open air Music and Comedy Festival invited the whole community to take part with an Open the Mic Competition, #StarFest of the Day, iSingPOP with Christ Church School, Tom Elliott Comedian and Magician, Out of the Ashes, Gloucester Gospel Choir, The Hawthorns and a Graffiti Wall workshop for young people. The headline act The Strays invited children and young people at the end of their set to dance with them on stage under the stars. For some, making memories of their 1st Festival when they performed on stage may well inspire them to perform in the future! Little residents from neighbouring houses were seen peeking through their curtains to take a look itching to take part !