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Photos from the 2019 Indy Festival of Faiths — Bill Foley

Bill Foley in action at the 2019 Indy Festival of Faiths. Credit: Balbir Singh. All other photos credit: Bill Foley
2019 Indy Festival of Faiths

The Drumming Circle

It’s a tradition for the Indy Festival of Faiths to kick off with a drumming circle organized by Bongo Boy Music School.

Bongo Boy’s Lisa Colleen calls together participants for the drumming circle
Charlie Wiles, Maninder Walia, and KP Singh show how to be cool with a drum.
Lisa Colleen elevates the excitement level.

Boy Scouts lead the Procession of Faiths

Another tradition at the Festival is the Procession of Faiths. This year, a new wrinkle was the leadership of Boy Scout Troop 396.

Boy Scout announces that the Procession of Faiths is about to start
Charlie Wiles uses his drumming skills to set the Scouts on their way.
Flags lead the way!

The Procession of Faiths

It was the largest Procession of Faiths ever, with more than 300 people proudly showing off their traditions.

Opening Prayers on the Sacred Arts Stage

The Procession of Faiths ends at the Sacred Arts Stage, where all the groups hear short prayers and blessings from local religious leaders. This year the leaders were joined by young people from their religious traditions.

Sonal Sanghani of the Jain community opens the prayers and blessings
Religious leaders on the Sacred Arts stage
Hindu youth adds her voice.
KP Singh reads a sacred Sikh poem
Imam Mikal Saahir reads a Muslim prayer
Maria Pimentel-Gannon offers words from the Catholic tradition

Performers on the Sacred Arts Stage

A highlight of every Indy Festival of Faiths is the diverse performances from different religious traditions and cultures. 2019’s performances were stellar! Here are a few of them.

Hoza Dance Troupe is an award-winning group of second-generation refugees from Congo, Rwanda, Burundi.
The Hoza Dance Troupe is organized by the Peace Center for Reconciliation and Forgiveness. Kizito Kalima himself is a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, and he helps the young dancers to use their home countries’ art to inspire forgiveness for the traumas inflicted on their parents.
Celtic Rain is a very popular local group that performs a fusion of traditional and contemporary songs infused with a sense of spirituality and wonder.
Indianapolis Opera Resident Artists performed
Spoken Word Artists — Two powerful poetic voices cried out against pain and suffering, and offered words of consolation and solace. Callie Sanders
Rev. Delores Thornton
Saints in Song is an all-star choir from stakes of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints across Indiana

The People of the Indy Festival of Faiths

Ask Franklin student Erica Irish: If you are willing to sit down for two minutes, the Sikh community will be eager to tie a turban on your head.
The Jain Community of Central Indiana
Sikhs and friends
Charlie Wiles and Ben Leslie, Judge David Shaheed, a Sikh gentleman and David Carlson standing American Muslims, Vietnam vet Robert McFarlane
The action is in the eyes
Sonal Sanghani, Charlie Wiles, and Judge David Shaheed
Maria Pimentel-Gannon

Mayor Joe Hogsett visits the Indy Festival of Faiths

Mayor Hogsett on the Sacred Arts Stage

This is America!

The Sikhs show their colors proudly during the Procession of Faiths