After more than a year of planning, involving more than 260 churches and 30 denominations, the East Coast Festival 2004 with Franklin Graham is set to take place, Oct. 15-17 at the Halifax Metro Center in Nova Scotia.
“I look forward to bringing God’s message of hope to Halifax,” said Graham, who accepted local church leaders’ invitation to lead the festival. “People will hear local and international recording artists, personal testimonies, and most importantly, an opportunity to accept a challenge that will change their lives.”
In addition to Graham, who will speak at all programs except Saturday morning, the festival will feature international award-winning Christian artists Rachael Lampa, Jars of Clay, Tree63 and Nicole C. Mullen. Long-time guest artists of the Graham Festivals Dennis Agajanian, who is the 2003 Christian Country Musician of the Year and Entertainer of the Year and a former world Guinness record holder for fastest flat picking, and the Tommy Coomes Band.
Local artists performing include Ninth Hour of PEI, the Lapointes, and Thirstforyou of New Brunswick. Eric Whyte, The Contact, and the Nova Scotia Mass Choir, ‘All of Nova Scotia’, will also take to the stage.
Other festival programs include a children’s program titled Kidz Fest with special guest Duggie Dug Dug, who will perform for the children featuring a combination of music, puppets, and a biblical message; a 500-member choir comprised of local children will accompany Duggie; Chaos on Wheels, a U.S. BMX bike stunt show featuring youth in their late teens/early 20s, which will provide a demonstration of their skills on the floor of the Metro Centre; and face painting, balloon tying, and other carnival-like activities that will also be made available to children.
The festival will be broadcasted live via satellite to Center 200 in Sydney.