Lentfest is a positive, inclusive environment for anyone wishing to be part of the creative cultural life of the Archdiocese of Glasgow. Since its pilot in 2007, the programme has involved everyone from seasoned professionals to amateurs and school children. It embraces both the contemporary and the classical in every discipline of artistic and creative endeavour. Concerts, plays, film screenings, poetry recitals, dance, visual art and more have all been part of our programme. We are an initiative of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Glasgow but those that have taken part in our festival or attended our events have come from all walks of life and have found a home there. Some of our events contain overtly religious content and some do not because: "Every genuine art form in its own way is a path to the inmost reality of man and of the world. It is therefore a wholly valid approach to the realm of faith, which gives human experience its ultimate meaning." (St Pope John Paul II) Our ethos is important to us and we ask everyone to respect it as Lent is the season that draws us closer to the great Christian mystery of the Resurrection of Christ at Easter - the highlight of our faith.
Would you like to perform at Lentfest or bring an event to the festival?
We are seeking individuals and groups that would like to be part of our programme for Lentfest 2022. The festival will run from 2nd March – 14th April 2022. Due to the health advice, our programme will be a mixture of live and ‘virtual’ events.
Reflecting on the theme, “Always be ready to give an answer for the HOPE that is within you.” (Peter 3:15), we are challenging you to come up with something inspirational. Whether you are a musician, a poet, a dancer or something else, there are various ways in which individual artists can take part. You might also be an event organiser, a member of a band or group, or another type of organisation. Lentfest is open to everyone.
Financial remuneration: Lentfest is a non-profit endeavour organised by the Archdiocese of Glasgow Arts Project (AGAP). It relies upon good will and good faith on the part of all participants. We therefore, do not financially commission works of art or pay fees to performers or groups. 70% of the proceeds from events by visiting artists are offered to the performers (except for performances by AGAP theatre which are created "in-house") and 30% is deducted by AGAP to offset some of the costs of running the festival.
Submit a proposal to perform at Lentfest 2022
To take part in Lentfest, we ask groups or individuals to fill in a form that will help us to best accommodate your needs and match you to our programme. When you have submitted the form, we will contact you to chat through the requirements. Please note that the deadline for submission is Monday 24th January 2022. If you feel that you need to chat through your idea or just want to introduce yourself, feel free to use the general enquiry contact form on our main page.