A few thoughts from Dave Harrity of Antler at Festival 2012.
In retrospect, the thing that I found unique about the festival was that it was essentially the hub of Christian culture. While there are other conferences around the world that also focus on Christianity, with dozens of speakers sharing God’s truth to audiences of thousands of people, it is at Calvin that these ideas all begin to emerge.
In our daily lives it may be rare for us to find people excited about the same things we are. Our Christian friends may not care about our art, and our artistic friends may not care about our faith. It was different at this festival, though. I felt a strong connection with everyone I interacted with.
We had a spirit connection: a connection in Christ and a connection through our creative passions. As Dave Harrity, director of the Antler writing and teaching community wrote in a post-conference email, "Isn't it wild what the incarnation has done to our relationships? Instant friends with like-minded people."