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How Art and Music Play Into Your Holy Week 2017 Plans

Church Simplified’s Easter Concert brings Switchfoot to the Philippines once again.

BGC has become a space for anybody who wants to spend quality leisure time amongst friends and family, and this Holy Week proves to be no different.

In gaining a more profound perspective in understanding the passion of Christ, Church Simplified returns once again for a one-of-a-kind experience on its ninth year. Taking the form of an interactive art installation through its Walkway exhibit, the event also features an open-for-all Easter Concert featuring American band Switchfoot, best known for their hits “Dare You to Move” and “Meant to Live.”Walkway-2Walkway: Reflections On the Stations of the Cross is an exhibit that runs the stretch of Bonifacio High Street all the way to One Bonifacio Park. This year, Church Simplified has partnered with NGOs to build an art installation that sheds light on the cross’ ability to heal and redeem, especially for those who have been tragically affected by the many issues our society is dealing with today.

Meanwhile, their Walkway Easter Concert is a free event that is intedned not only to entertain but also to educate. Spiritual Director Bebo Bharwani shares that “Church Simplified as a community has always believed in the power of the arts to be a medium that can open up both the heart and mind. Music has always been core to the human experience. At a personal level, in our quiet moments, music can get beneath our skin and speak to us.  And yet music also has a special power, when used in the context of community. It can unite us, allow our personal journeys to have a common theme. A hymn we can all sing together to know that we are connected. Music has the ability to challenge and be inspired by ideas.”IMG_2540Switchfoot was chosen as the main act for the second time because of the spiritual messages behind each of their hit songs—stories that reflect on our collective struggles, our potentials, our failings, and our victories. Bharwani further explains that having the band on the Walkway stage was an easy choice because their “central message has always been about the idea that life is short and that we need to love well. These are messages that we value as a community and hope to communicate to anyone who might lend an ear and listen.”

Last year for the band’s first Church Simplified show, they collaborated with non-profit organization Young Focus International for their music video ‘Float,’ which highlights the urban poor who live in Tondo, and sends the meaningful message to lift others up. Along with their fourth visit to the Philippines, they will also be promoting Where The Light Shines Through, their latest major album.

Photos by Francine Bharwani

CATCH WALKWAY: REFLECTIONS ON THE STATIONS OF THE CROSS FROM APRIL 9 TO 16, AND WALKWAY EASTER CONCERT FEATURING SWITCHFOOT ON APRIL 16 AT 7PM. VISIT CHURCH SIMPLIFIED AT CHURCHSIMPLIFIED.COM FOR MORE INFORMATION.
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