Youth Fest at St. John the Baptist Church, Thane;

Report sent by Fr. Daniel Fernandes

This event is the first of its kind in our parish and in our deanery.

Fr. Daniel Fernandes – Thane



Link to the Website of St. John the Baptist Church, Thane

Johannine Youth Fest 2014 @ Thane

More than the magnificent stage, the plethora of lights and rocking sound, this week long fest,was organized end-to-end by the youth of St. John the Baptist Church, Thane with the sole objective of giving a platform to the much talented youth belonging to the Thane Deanery and elsewhere in the Diocese of Mumbai.

The week long fest opened on 1stNov’14 with a lot of fanfare welcoming the participants from various parishes – Our Lady of Mercy Church – Pokhran, Our Lady of Fatima – Majiwada, St. Lawrence Church – Wagle Estate, St. Anthony of Padua – Kalwa, St Joseph’s Church -Mumbra, Infant Jesus Church, Dombivli, Our Lady of Lourdes church, Kalyan (W), St. Joseph’s Church, Juhu, and Holy Trinity Church, Powai and of course the host parish – St. John the Baptist Church, Thane. Each parish was given 2 minutes to introduce themselves and what a start that was, which continued with that same momentum on all the 6 days, to a packed crowd each and every day. To add a bit more zing to each competition, the event teams for each day came up with really creative names that spilled on to the stage and backdrop for that day. Moreover, we had the honour of having renowned chief guests and eminent judges successful in their respective fields, grace each of the six events.

The 1stday Thane Got Talent (“V” Got Talent) and yes, the crowds tended to agree as each participant came up and showcased western, classical and fusion dance skills, beat boxing and rap….keeping the 600 plus audience enthralled. As the days went by the performances got even better. The live band competition (Ouranos Petra’14) got people grooving and the Singing competition (Music n Lyrics) got people singing along with the one-better than-the other soloists and groups. The Dramatics competition (Pagina di Fase – from page to stage) was themed on social causes impacting the youth but with a humourous twist. Each team, through their original scripts and emotive acting, managed to not only throw light on Causes such as Organ donation promotion, Vocation promotion Eve teasing and Gender inequality, but innovatively used all faculties to give the message and create awareness. The Fashion show (Look@Me) competition was based on recycle and waste. It was innovation at its best – a culmination of beauty and brains – chocolate wrappers, bubble wraps, gift wrappers, plastic bags, CDs, wires, leaves, jute, bottle caps and what-have-you. It just gave waste a new meaning and dress-code! Alas, as all good things come to an end, the pulsating and vibrant Dance Competition (Fiesta d Balle) set the stage on fire on the last day.

The huge success of this event rode completely on the shoulders of the Youth of St. John the Baptist Church Thane, under the able guidance of Fr. Daniel Fernandes, of course not without the as-always unfailing support of our Parish Priest, Fr. Allwyn D’Silva. The various teams right from Compares, Mentors who helped the respective Event teams to develop and deliver each day, Backstage, Creatives, PR, Protocol, Finance, Security, Hospitality, Technical, Registration and Logistics, worked tirelessly on minute details behind the scenes and that was the common thread that tied together the Johannine Youth Fest 2014 so wonderfully well!

Kudos to all who participated – on stage and off-stage notwithstanding –coz it was an event well staged!! A truly community event this…..Encore!!

Arlene Clarence


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