Friday, March 1, 2024

Canterbury Cathedral serves as a silent disco

Protesters asked Archbishop Justin Welby “not to desecrate this holy place” with a nightclub, saying it would show that “Christians do not take their faith or their holy places seriously.”

Canterbury Cathedral, one of the oldest and most important cathedrals in the United Kingdom, hosted in the 1990s themed “silent disco” events, a move that proved popular with tourists but drew heavy criticism from some Christians, who say that a disco has no place in a cathedral.

With colorful lights, holding glow sticks and wearing headphones blasting ’90s music directly into their ears, hundreds of people danced into the night on Thursday at Canterbury Cathedral.

Built in 597 AD, the cathedral is the seat of Britain’s highest-ranking bishop, the Archbishop of Canterbury, leader of the global Anglican communion.

The cathedral raved on social media about the “wonderful atmosphere” it created and another event is planned for Friday night.

A spokesperson for the cathedral told CNN that the “overwhelming response has been positive, with many people saying how happy they are for the cathedral to host this type of event,” adding that the all 3,000 tickets for the event were sold out in hours.

Canterbury Cathedral Serves As A Silent Disco

The dean of Canterbury, the Rev. Dr David Monteith, said in a statement that the nightclub “is categorically not a ‘rave in the nave'”, adding that it would be “appropriate and respectful of the cathedral”.

Meanwhile, Christian protesters stood in front of the cathedral on Thursday, calling for an end to the event, local media reported, while a petition against the event that began in October had garnered more than 1,700 signatures as of Friday afternoon. .

Protesters asked Archbishop Justin Welby to “not desecrate this holy place” with a nightclub, saying it would show that “Christians do not take their faith or their holy places seriously.”

Monteith said that “cathedrals have always been part of community life in a broader way than their primary purpose as centers of worship and Christian mission.”

“Whether people choose to come to Canterbury Cathedral primarily as worshippers, tourists or attendees of our events … it’s always a pleasure to see them rediscover this amazing place and on their own terms,” ​​he added.

The organizer of the party, Silent Discos in Incredible Places, has already organized similar events in many other British cathedrals and said on Instagram that it works with more than half of the country’s major cathedrals.

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