Look who’ll be on the Sacred Arts Stage of the Festival of Faiths
It’s the most diverse and electric performance stage you’ll find in Indy. Three and a half hours of song, spoken word, and dance from old and young, a dozen countries, and as many religious traditions.
Schedule for the 2019 Indy Festival of Faiths Sacred Arts Stage
Soft opening with Drumming circle organized by Bongo Boy.
We’ll have more than a hundred drums and percussion instruments. Grab one and kick off the Festival with a joyful noise.
Procession of Faiths and Opening Ceremonies
The Indianapolis Spiritual Trail will lead the Procession of Faiths. The Procession entails a short walk from the north side of the plaza to the Sacred Arts stage. The opening ceremonies will include remarks from spiritual leaders as well as youth from different religious traditions.
Klezmer music by the Klezmatics
Klezmer music speaks the particular musical language of the Jewish Diaspora in East and Central Europe, and the universal language of loss and joy.
Hoza Dance Troupe
Hoza Dance Troup is comprised mainly of young refugees from Congo, Rwanda, and Burundi. This award-winning group performs around the Midwest and is part of efforts Peace Center for Reconciliation and Forgiveness to preserve their home cultures.
Hindu and Jain Sacred Dance
Some people say it would not be a proper Indy Festival of Faiths without dance performances from South Asia. This Festival will be proper. Performing at the Festival will be:
- Sapna Nakshatri, studies dance with Nandita Sen. Represents Hindu Tradition
- Vani Sharma and Ananya Yemme, who train at Nrityanjali Dance School and represent the Hindu Tradition
- Sanjana and Shriya Jain, who represent Jain tradition
Celtic Rain is an original Celtic Spiritual Fusion Folk band made up of Guitar, Celtic Drum and Tom Drum, Flute, and Bagpipes who make beautiful music and change lives together with their hearts and their music. They take traditional Celtic, original Celtic and Spiritual tunes and mix them with a twist of jazz, classical, industrial and acoustic sounds and style.
Campaign for Uyghurs Culture Troupe
Indiana University is the country’s main center for research and teaching about the Uyghurs, a Turkic people living in China and Central Asia. This will be a unique performance of this Muslim culture’s music and dance.
Indianapolis Opera Resident Artists
Five rapidly rising opera stars perform “The Promise of Living” from Aaron Copland’s Tender Land; “I’ll Walk with God”; and a medley of “You’ll Never Walk Alone / Climb Ev’ry Mountain.”
Sikh Satsang Sacred Choir
Music is perhaps more important for Sikh worship than other religious traditions. Sikh music (or Shabad kirtan) is singing of hymns or Shabad from the Guru Granth Sahib, the central text of Sikhism. It began in the late 16th century as the musical expression of mystical poetry.
Spoken word performances
Today Indianapolis is experiencing a renaissance of spoken art. Hear some of the best on the Sacred Arts Stage. Callie Sanders wrote Miracles in the Dark in August of 2019. It speaks to societal ills and God ordering her steps to alleviate some of the pain we all experience. Reverend Delores Thornton will recite a piece from an unknown artist who speaks to life when she’s gone. It is titled Tomorrow Starts Without Me. It resonates with many of the things she hears as a Bereavement Facilitator.
The Festival closes with a performance of Saint in Song, an all-star choir from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, which celebrates the love of God and the faith of His many children through song.