Last Updated: Friday - 09/24/2010
Week of June 5, 2000
Downtown festival to celebrate jubilee
By RAMON GONZALEZ
WCR Staff Writer
Edmonton Christians will mark the 2,000 years of Jesus with a city-wide festival that will build on the themes of hope, thanksgiving, renewal and joy.
The J2K (Jesus 2000) Festival - called Edmonton's newest friendliest fun-filled festival - will take place at City Hall and Sir Winston Churchill Square on Pentecost Sunday June 11 from 2 to 9 p.m.
The event is free and will feature more than 30 performances of music, art, drama, comedy and a whole variety of activities and games, including sumo wrestling, space walks, races and field games.
There will be performances by several contemporary Christian singers such as Steve Bell and Linnea Good and bands such as the Salvation Army Band and the Christian Bikers. Also performing at the event will be the Knock Irish Dancers, the Jubilee Dance Ensemble and the Ukrainian Dancers.
"There also will be street performers, food and generally lots of fun for all different ages," said Cathy Harvey, chair of the festival's organizing committee.
"It's something you'll be happy to invite your neighbours and friends and family to. There will be non-stop performances from 2 to 9, enough stuff to get you to stay the whole day."
Between 5,000 to 10,000 people are expected to attend the festival, which is being put together by about 200 volunteers from 16 churches.
"The main reason for doing the festival is to get Christians together to celebrate the Lord," Harvey said.
"We believe, though, that many new opportunities to work together will come out of this, that some of the suspicions and prejudices and divisions that have been there in the past will fall away as we come together in a non-threatening environment. We hope that new relationships will be built."
Organizers also hope that the festival will improve the image of the Christian community in the city. "We hope that the greater community in Edmonton will see in the Christian community a positive witness to our faith," Harvey said.
The festival is open to all, Christians and non-Christians alike.