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Global line-up for York International Festival

Saturday 26th April saw international performers and guests converge on York City Centre to attend the ‘York International Festival – a celebration of faith and culture’.  Amongst those performing for York’s Lord Mayor, councillor Julie Gunnell, who is also Chairman of City of York Council and the first citizen of the city, was Elder Orihuela aged 20, a full-time serving missionary from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. 

A classical guitarist from Barcelona, Spain, Elder Orihuela is currently serving in the York area.  Following his performance Elder Orihuela then joined the York Interfaith Group stand to represent the Church and share with people how his faith has helped him in his life. 

‘The York International Festival, A Celebration of Faith & Culture’, returned for a second year providing an opportunity to celebrate the international community and different faiths in the city.  Along with Elder Orihuela were many other international performers, including groups from Rwanda and Indonesia.  

Commenting on the event Mark Cosens, of the York Interfaith Group and one of the organisers of the event, said, “This has been an incredible experience for the people of York to come to their city centre and see great performers from all around the world.  To then speak with the performers, such as Elder Orihuela, and discuss their faith and beliefs just adds a significant dimension to this great experience.”

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