Our vision is to gather people of all cultures through a joyful and dynamic Catholic celebration of faith in the heart of London.
Spirit in the City was started in 2006, as an initiative of the local churches of the West End, in response to a desire to share something of the Catholic faith with visitors and the West End community.
Held annually, its aim is to share the Good news of Christianity with all who visit the West End of London. This is done in a lively, joyful and simple manner which shows that our call to life in Christ is one that brings joy, peace and excitement.
“Simply reverence the Lord Christ in your hearts, and always have your answer ready for people who ask you the reason for the hope that you all have”. (1 Peter 3:15)
We are all searching for new ways to connect with God and others around us and the festival gives people a great opportunity to raise the deeper questions of life. Our desire is simply to share with people the truth of God’s love for each of us and make space for them to experience the God who made us and who calls us into relationship with Him.
“People are searching for something more significant in their lives with meaning and purpose. We all deserve a response to these deep desires and Spirit in the City aims to be one!”
The festival is open to all and welcomes all, no matter the journey. The events featured in the festival include live music, faith talks, prayer and the sacraments.
About Spirit in the City, Fr Chris Vipers, Director of the Westminster Diocesan Agency for Evangelisation writes,
“The Spirit in the City Festival is a unique opportunity for Catholics in the Capital to come together in a great act of praise, worship, witness and service. Leicester Square is a world famous location and a meeting-point for the globe! To have the privilege of witnessing to the joy of the gospel in this place and space is a real blessing. From worship, entertainment and teaching on the main stage, to the calmness of the prayer tent and the “listening space” for those who might want to make their confession or to just talk, to the many conversations with passers by and invitations to “come and see”, the smiles on people’s faces are testimony to the palpable love, joy and peace the Spirit in the City Festival brings to the West End. Organising this is no mean feat and requires long and careful planning. But it is worth every minute.”