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Friday, 10/7: Gallery Introduction and Happy Hour at 6:30PM
In an age of declining traditional religious institutions, this gallery invites visitors of all religious or non-religious backgrounds into a neutral space to encounter the divine, stripped of any baggage. Through its free-flowing and experimental nature, Exploring Ritual creates spaces to explore, wrestle, and question your relationship with the divine.
*Gallery will be open from noon to 5pm on Friday, official introduction at 6:30pm.
Friday, 10/7 at 9:30PM
$10 suggested donation collected at door.
Julien Baker turns concert venues into sacred spaces. Her experiences of being queer, southern, and Christian are raw and staggering. When set to her haunting guitar playing, her music is gut wrenching and heartfelt, relatable yet very personal. Returning home after an international tour and growing success, she’ll stick around for a short Q&A after her performance.
Saturday, 10/8 at NOON
Reconciliation is a lofty goal, one that often feels unattainable in the contentious realities of relationships. These four short films each touch on an aspect of reconciliation: reconciling with differing political views in a community, reconciling with the pain of grief, reconciling with the expectations of parenting, and reconciling with the challenges of familial acceptance.
Saturday, 10/8 at 2PM
The arts have an unparalleled capacity to enact justice in the world. This discussion will center on the unique and memorable ways that art opens up our hearts to foster empathy for those whose stories are different from our own, breathing new life and hope into previously marginalized spaces.
Saturday, 10/8 at 4PM
Convicted Civility is the practice of holding conviction and civility as integral, complementary aspects of bringing Christian faith into public discourse. This dialogue is sure to push, challenge, complicate, and deepen the conversation about faith, gender, and sexuality for each of us.
Saturday, 10/8 at 6PM
Simultaneously a familiar ritual and a barometer of whether or not we are welcome, the table is where we do the work. Dinner will be unapologetically southern. Shrimp and grits, peach cobbler, and sweat tea will be a conduit for us to concurrently pay homage to our Southern ancestors and begin to write new narratives of the land and each other.
Saturday, 10/8 at 8:30PM
This documentary invites the audience alongside the process of filmmaker Alden Peters coming out to his family and friends – all on camera. It is, at times, as awkward as you might imagine. It also, however, shows tremendous vulnerability while illuminating the ways in which technology and social media shape Alden’s – and our own – perceptions of how something as intimate as coming out might take place.
Saturday, 10/8 at 10:30PM
With live music by Kira Hooks.
Celebratory spaces offer some of the best opportunities to connect with others. To share what we’ve seen, how our thinking has been challenged, and how we are being transformed. Join us to laugh, dance, toast, and close out what promises to be an incredible 2nd-annual Nashville Festival.
THANKS TO OUR SPECIAL GUESTS:
To all the artists, filmmakers, and speakers who so generously share their stories with us — Thank you!