A full-size copy of the Chartres Cathedral labyrinth is drawing visitors to Lincoln Cathedral this month.
Part of the Lincoln Labyrinth Festival, the symbol has been drawn on the floor of the nave for the public to experience walking a labyrinth path.
“The theme is that ‘The Beauty is in the Walking’ – we want people to come to the Cathedral and find their own pace, their own time and reasons to walk the labyrinth and take a pause from the everyday world,” said organiser John Woodward.
And tonight, Wednesday, and again on August 18, there will be a dramatic rendering by the County Amateur Operatic & Dramatic Society of “The Quest of the Holy Grail” with music and dance settings based on Mallory’s tales of King Arthur using the labyrinth symbol as a stage.
Also included in the festival, which runs to August 27, will be labyrinth workshops and a labyrinth exhibition, showing a historical survey of labyrinth forms, including a rarely seen and unique icon entitled the “Lincoln Labyrinth”, together with a series of paintings by professional artists specially commissioned to portray “the journey of life” as their theme.
The closing event is a candle lit evening in the Cathedral on August 27 at which the labyrinth symbol will be encircled with candles, accompanied by a choral concert of songs, harp music and readings specially composed for the occasion.
Usual Cathedral admission applies and there are additional charges for the workshops.
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