Welcome to Adventfest 2018 – a wee arts festival for a big time of year…. On the cusp of the festive season we invite you to pause, and come together for a weekend of inspiration – an Advent flicker of light in the winter darkness.
Our theme ‘In The Falling Dark’ is borrowed from the title of a song by the great Canadian songwriter Bruce Cockburn (who visits The Queens Hall in Edinburgh this very November). The season of Advent always reminds us that there’s a great light coming our way, even when days seem dark - and proceeds from this year’s events will go to support the work of the Cyrenians – working with the homeless and vulnerable in Edinburgh, to transform their lives.
Earthbound while everything expands
So many grains of sand
Slipping from hand to hand
Catching the light and falling into dark
The world fades out like an overheard remark
In the falling dark
Light pours from a million radiant lives
Off of kids and dogs and the hard-shelled husbands and wives
All that glory shining around and we're all caught taking a dive
And all the beasts of the hills around shout, "Such a waste! Don't you know that from the first to the last we're all one in the gift of grace!"