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'Glorious' plan for Easter

Published:Friday | March 23, 2012 | 12:00 AM
Diamara Neil
Saxophonist Warren Harris
Craig McNally

A team of creative Christian visionaries is working towards staging a contemporary concert festival this Easter.

Titled Glorious, the festival of arts "celebrates God as the author of abundant life and creative excellence", said creative director Shelly-Ann Harris. Scheduled to take place at the Courtleigh Auditorium, New Kingston, on April 9, Harris says, "Glorious will be both fun and elegant and turn the spotlight on some of the best expressions in music, film, drama, poetry and dance."

The festival will feature performances from a wide range of performers and media professionals who are committed to Christ and spreading his love. These include saxophonist Warren Harris and his friends, vocalist Diamara Neil, actors Craig McNally and Joseph Collington, playwright-film-maker Shelly-Ann Harris, film-maker Sophia Lewis, dancers Dwight Moore and his friends, plus others.

The first of its kind, the festival is divided into two segments, 'Heaven' and 'Earth'. The 'Heaven' segment will feature performances that speak to humanity's relationship with God, while the 'Earth' segment will include acts that show how that divine connection impacts other relationships.

"We are very excited about how things are shaping up so far. We believe this festival will fill a vacuum in the Christian community by providing an elegant and rich spread of the arts designed to inspire, empower and encourage patrons and strengthen their faith," said Harris. "It's going to be glorious!"

With gates opening at 4 p.m., patrons will also get to visit festival booths where businesses will display their products and services prior to showtime at 5 p.m.