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Events for July

Cathedrals have been full of the highest quality art for centuries, and the 21st is no exception, with some of Britain's best artists having been commissioned to create work for them. The latest comes in the form of a touring exhibition entitled Ripples, which will visit Exeter, Rochester and Liverpool.

Installations by the Dutch sculptor Britt Wikström will stand alongside British artists Karen Underwood and Rachel Wallace, with a film featuring the dancer Thea Soltau. The artists are united by their focus on social injustice, and the exhibition promises to 'offer hope and challenge passivity in a unique and compassionate manner.' It runs at Exeter Cathedral during most of July and Rochester for most of August, visiting Liverpool later in the year.

There are a number of tickets for readers wishing to attend the Rochester preview, to be opened by Jane Williams on Thursday 4 August.


Summer means our favourite festival and the Greenbelt line-up this year looks as good as ever. The theme for 2011 is Dreams of Home, reflecting the idea that many see the festival as home, but also bringing to mind those for whom home can only be a dream - the displaced, the refugee and the orphan.

Music comes from headliners like Billy Bragg, Mavis Staples, Idlewild and Get Cape Wear Cape Fly, plus there's the usual mix of performing arts and comedy.  On the speakers bill are Rob Bell (who we interview in the next issue), Mark Thomas, Inderjit Bhogal, Phyllis Tickle and Brian McLaren, alongside festival regulars like John Bell. As usual, it all happens on August bank holiday weekend (26-29).

Tickets are available at as usual, with a discount for advance booking - and an even bigger one for church leaders who have never been to the festival before. Don't forget to come and say hello to us - this year we'll be in the bookshop with our fellow sponsors at the Church Times.


You may already be exhausted by the number of King James Bible commemorative events. But Out Of The Original Sacred Tongues also gives visitors a chance to get inside Lambeth Palace, which hosts this exhibition of the Bible in translation. With some of the earliest examples of illustrated reformist Bibles and Renaissance scholarship, and a 1611 first edition, it should be well worth a visit. It runs until July 29, Wednesday-Friday, tickets £6.