A sold out film premier opened London’s 2016 Spirit in the City; a festival of faith.
The early-June innovative event was promoted by the Marist inner-city parish, Notre Dame de France, located in the middle of London’s West End.
The idea of a film premier came from parish organisers who suggested hiring a local cinema for the UK premier of “Full of Grace“; a story about Mary’s last days on earth.
Looking to add further value, the organisers also arranged a panel discussion about the role of Mary, faith and films, art and evangelisation.
Over the other three days the parish developed the theme of mercy and used the opportunity to engage in street evangelisation.
More fun was had on Saturday when a rolling programme of live music on stage was accompanied by workshops and opportunities for prayer and personal encounters.
Throughout the Spirit in the City Event people also participated in more traditional Eucharistic adoration and catechesis held in the parish church.
Source: Euroinfo: Newsletter of the Marist Europe province