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weeWONDERBOX’s flagship urban festival,  ColumbaFest, returns to Glasgow city centre on June 8th-10th, 2018. Our theme: ‘Dreams & Visions’ … on what makes ‘prophecy’ today.

Expect live music and spoken word, workshops, walks, talks and worship led by a fantastically diverse group of contributors. See below for names and short descriptions by day. More to be confirmed soon.

Prophets often come from the margins, challenging our complacent worldview with a startling new perspective. We will be asking – where are the prophets today? What are they saying? And are we listening to them?

We will draw inspiration from the life of St Columba, the biblical prophets, and contemporary politics to challenge ourselves to engage with the most pressing issues of social justice in our society.

Come for a day, an evening, or for the entire weekend … details of Ticket Options here here (also includes Day and Evening only options). Do note, though, that prices via the link above and below are for online/ pre-event bookings only. On the day tickets will carry a £3 surcharge.

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Programme & Contributors   

As confirmed so far (with am/ pm/ eve timings, where they have been finalised at this point)


Ceilidh (Sing-around):

‘A Wee Columba Ceilidh-Oot’ shared songs, stories, turns and other contributions from our own veritable treasure troves; with DONALD W.G. LINDSAY NEIL SUTCLIFFE  +  GRAHAM MAULE (MC)[eve]



JANE BENTLEY on how music can (help) save the world [pm]  +  JOHN L. BELL on God, delight and diversity – new light on the sexuality debates [pm]  +  CHRISTIAN AID/ LEANNE CLELLAND on campaigning against climate change  +  eXp COWAL YOUTH on being young in Argyll [am]  +  KATHY GALLOWAY on prophetic women and visionaries CRAIG GARDINER on Bonhöffer, the Iona Comunity and the New Monasticism  +  GLAIKIT CARNYX uncovering the ‘real’ Columba DEBBIE LEWER on art, faith and prophetic disobedience [pm]  +  PETER McCOLL on Columba, copyright & contemporary data  +  LORRAINE McINTOSH on childhood bus journeys to Ireland [am]  +  ANDY THORNTON on finding your inner prophet  +  PÁDRAIG Ó TUAMA on the poetry of the past, present & future; on Emily Dickinson, poetic prophet; and on Brexit through the lens of Ruth [am & pm]  +  LAURA WOOD on slavery here, now and possibly next-door [am]

Art & Creativity:

JANE BENTLEY with a drumming, rhythm and percussion rendezvous [am]  +  ALYSON HALLETT with a creative writing session [pm] +  CAROL MARPLES on boats, coracles and contemporary art installations in churches [pm]  +  ‘Art Hub’ (creative activities for all-comers) [am & pm]




Morning Liturgy [am]  + ‘Prophets & Subway Walls’ (panel discussion) [am & pm]  +  ‘Toots’, a spoken word performance with ALYSON HALLETT  +  (featuring MHAIRI LAWSON) [pm]  +  ‘Twilight @ Ground Level’ (Late night seranades, songsheeting and skiffling with O.U.C.H. / The ORIGINAL & UNIQUE COLUMBAFEST HOUSEBAND) [eve]



IAN BRADLEY on radically reassessing Columba & Celtic Christianity [pm]  +  ALASTAIR McINTOSH on The Ten Beatitudes [pm] 

Art & Creativity:

ALYSON HALLETT with a creative writing session [pm]  +  ‘Art Hub’ (creative activities for all-comers) [pm]


A Wee Sing’ with JOHN L. BELL & THE WILD GOOSE [pm]


‘Coffee, Croissant & The Papers’ (news talking breakfast) [am]  +  ‘A ColumbaFest Liturgy & Communion [am]  +  ‘Prophets & Subway Walls’ (panel discussion) [pm]



Pre-Event Tickets are available now – check them out.

Tickets will also available on the day and on the door, with a small surcharge.



ColumbaFest takes place in several venues:

  • The Ground, 21 Carlton Court, Glasgow G5 9JP (Friday – Sunday). Map
  • Cumbrae House, The Princes Trust, 15 Carlton Court, Glasgow G5 9JP(Saturday only). Map
  • Gorbals Church, 1 Errol Gardens, Glasgow G5 0RA (Sunday morning only). Map



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