UPFEST is a really cool and relatively new Christian-based festival that starts this week in Ukraine. They meet at Lubart's Castle in Lutsk. Entrance fee for this 3 day festival of music and art is 7 Euros. Shouldn't be a problem there for foreigners. Cheap, isnt it? Slot Festival in Poland is like 30 Euros for 5 days. At Freakstock in Germany, they have let non-Europeans in for a donation and sometimes we have to insist on giving them money. And other Christian based festivals that act as a yearly gathering point for the church emerging in Europe are also really cheap. Of course speakers don't get paid so that keeps the professional Christian circuit riders at arms length and it means you get a high quality, highly committed group of speakers and teachers coming into these festivals.
I really like festivals . . . MUCH MUCH MUCH MORE than conferences! Despite not getting paid.
I met the leaders of UPFest last year at SLOT Festival and, if you remember, I showed you their picture. Nice people. I was invited to come to Ukraine, and kinda wish i was there this week, but as you know, we decided to stay in Scotland and take the summer off from going around the festivals. Oksana, I will try to get there in 2009!!! We wish you well for this year! Hope the Ukrainian churches are smart enough to see what potential you have for your country.
May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.
We will shout for joy when you are victorious
and will lift up our banners in the name of our God.
May the LORD grant all your requests.