Spirit in the City


About the event

We have the pleasure of inviting you to Spirit in the City, our annual evangelisation festival in the West End of London. From 9-10 June 2017, the Catholic faith communities across the diocese will join forces to offer a Catholic festival dedicated to evangelisation in our capital city: with times of prayer, teaching, celebration and outreach.

The festival aims to bring Catholics together and to reach out to the general public at the same time. It gathers people of all cultures through a joyful and dynamic Catholic celebration of faith in the heart of London.

Most people who go to Spirit in the City have been struck by: joyful atmosphere – quality of music – fellowship – space to think – pray and be inspired – workshops – talks – activities – testimonies to lift up and invite you to meet God.

This year we are excited to be joined by the RISE Theatre Company who will be performing ‘Romero – Heartbeat of El Salvador‘ – a powerful original production, looking at the life and legacy of a man who chose to challenge those in power and stand up for social justice. And as always at Spirit in the City we will have a fantastic line up of music; this year we welcome back Noel Robinson, MC Tempo and Soul Sanctuary among others.

Cardinal Vincent Nichols said: “I want to express my support and admiration for Spirit in the City Festival, this important evangelisation event in London’s West End. I invite you all to be part of the event, and to help bring the joy of the Gospel to the West End of London.”

The programme


Spirit in the City Festival is made up of hundreds of enthusiastic, hard-working and friendly people ready to have an amazing time serving. Are you ready to join this fantastic volunteer team in 2017?

Our Team members have a great time when they come volunteer with us. They experience both the side that the public see, with plenty of free time to enjoy the event, as well as the backstage fun side, only seen by us as we work together to create a fantastic experience for all the people on site.

We have all been blessed in various ways. Why not share your talents in the service of others the way you can?

“I really enjoyed the atmosphere at Spirit in the City! It was fun but also prayerful at just the right moments… I can’t wait for the next one!”

Who can apply?

If you are over 18 we’d love for you to be involved. You will need to fill out a detailed application form.

What can I do?

There are loads of roles within our team, so you can apply for one that matches your personality, skills and experience. That way, you’ll make sure that working hard is also great fun for you. The Spirit in the City Team does everything; from stewarding to street evangelisation, from setting up Leicester Square Gardens to running the hospitality and refreshments point. Take a look at all the roles below.

Why should I apply?

As a volunteer Team member, you’ll be involved in running the day tasks that make the event possible. Don’t worry, you will also have some time off to enjoy the entertainment and the music throughout the day.

When you join the Spirit in the City Team, you will be expected to work hard and be committed 100%; in return you’ll receive:

  • A complimentary meal on the day
  • A morning briefing with input from the Spirit in the City Team leaders
  • A welcome pack with the most important information
  • Support from our Team Leaders, to make sure you get the most out of your experience
  • Free access to the event (valid also for when you’re not working)
  • Access to the exclusive Spirit in the City hospitality area
  • A Spirit in the City t-shirt for you to wear during the event and keep afterwards
  • The opportunity to make lots of new friends

Team Roles

Information Point team. Street Evangelisation team. Catering team. Welcoming team. Solidarity and outreach team. Stage support team. Prayer team. Set up & Clearing up.

When do I start?

You will need to register on-line and collect your t-shirt on Saturday morning at 8am the latest. There will be a briefing and worship time Saturday 10th June at 11am, which is an important part of your commitment to the Spirit in the City. More details will be sent to you once you’ve been accepted onto the Team.

Click here to apply now.