Catholic festival goes national

Carnivale Christi has asked cathedrals across the country to celebrate the Festival Mass for Artists on 21 May as part of a national program to celebrate the season of Easter.

The Carnivale will open on Thursday at St Patrick's Cathedral Melbourne and in Sydney the following night. It is being put together by Artes Christi Australia, a new association formed in January.

Artes Christi was established to aid in the evangelisation of culture and the arts across the country as well as to help put together the annual Carnivale Christi.

"We are excited by the prospect of a truly national Catholic festival and have been working towards it for some years," says Carnivale Christi National Director Anthony McCarthy.

"Leading up to World Youth Day our aim is to be able to take Carnivale Christi to 5 cities across Australia with plays, musicals, concerts, art exhibitions, expos, films, sporting contests and forums with both local and overseas speakers all playing a part."

Carnivale Christi 2006 will include productions of Shadowlands, forums and debates on the soon to be released Da Vinci Code movie, 2 premiere films, the premiere play Saints Alive by acclaimed writer and director Donald Macdonald and a national art exhibition Works of Praise.

"40 Hours Adoration" will take place throughout the weekend as the spiritual heart of the celebration. Carnivale Christi will conclude on the morning of Sunday 21 May when cathedrals across the country, including St Mary's Sydney and St Patrick's Melbourne, celebrate the Festival Mass for Artists.

Organisers anticipate much interest from the 80 plus stallholders who participated in the 2005 Festival of Faith. With the inclusion of a Carnivale of Foods and the Archbishop's Cup Indoor Soccer Competition, some 10,000 people are expected to pass through St Mary's Cathedral Sydney for the Festival of Faith alone and up to 20,000 people are expected through all the Carnivale Christi events across the country.

A Catholic Festival goes National (Carnivale Christi 6/3/06)

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7 Mar 2006