GALLERY: Rave in the Nave celebrates its 21st birthday in Ely Cathedral

A giant inflatable table football game was very popular at Rave in the Nave

A giant inflatable table football game was very popular at Rave in the Nave - Credit: Archant

ABOUT 700 youngsters helped celebrate the 21st birthday of Rave in the Nave at Ely Cathedral on Friday evening, with a packed programme of fun activities.

Hundreds of youngsters danced the night away at Rave in the Nave

Hundreds of youngsters danced the night away at Rave in the Nave - Credit: Archant

Three Christian bands, Empire Nation, Richard James and Rory Malone played on the main stage, and the Lady Chapel became a chill out cafe, where the atmosphere was rather more relaxed, with a choir singing and acoustic guitar music playing.

Chilling out in the Lady Chapel

Chilling out in the Lady Chapel - Credit: Archant

Giant inflatables were as popular as ever, including a giant table top football game with participants strapped into a harness, and there were dance mat competitions, and rowing machine races. Circus skills were also a great hit, with youngsters from all around the Ely diocese learning to walk on stilts, juggle or walk the tightrope.

In the labyrinth, an interactive spirit zone and meditative area, participants were invited to light candles or incense sticks, and take time out to pray.

Diocese communication officer Sarah Williams said: “Rave offers young people the opportunity to explore spirituality in a fun atmosphere and in a culturally and age-relevant way.


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“It was a huge success, and some people came along with their children, remembering when they attended some early Raves in the Nave.”

The Rt Revd David Thomson, Bishop of Huntingdon, said: “Happy Birthday Rave! It’s wonderful to be celebrating the 21st birthday of our flagship event for young people at Ely Cathedral. It’s a highlight of our year, and I enjoyed the party immensely.”

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The Bishop of Ely, the Rt Revd Stephen Conway said: “I am very pleased to wish Ely’s Rave in the Nave a happy 21st birthday. I applaud this sustained commitment to provide a safe and aspirational Christian event for teenagers and those who minister to them.

“It is particularly wonderful to see the cathedral transformed into a thrilling venue for these young people to come and explore Christian spirituality, which has been celebrated on this site for 1300 years.”

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