Kentucky Arts and Culture
The 43rd Ichthus This Week
For the 43rd time, Christian rock music will fill the air near Wilmore Kentucky this week. For decades the Ichthus (ICK-thoos) festival was staged just blocks from downtown Wilmore. Over the last decade, thousands have come to a hillside a few miles outside town. There is always a theme for the four day run of music, teaching, camping, and worshiping. Ichthus Chief Executive, Mark Vermillion says this year’s theme is ‘Live Love.’
“Calling people to love God and love people in more significant active ways…we can say we love God..we can say we love people..but this theme is calling people to put those words into action,” said Vermillion.
Vermillion says a ‘global village’ area offers exhibits with information on issues ranging from AIDS to clean water and orphan care. Vermillion says a special focus this week will be placed on human trafficking.
“Human trafficking we think of as a global problem..and it is..it’s a vast global problem..but we also have human trafficking issues right here in Lexington…and it’s a local issue…it’s a regional issue as well,” added Vermillion.
Music in the field of Highway 68 begins Wednesday evening with main stage appearances by ‘The Almost,’ ‘Kutless,’ and ‘Switchfoot.’ Vermillion says Ichthus offers a great opportunity for parents and their children to experience an event together.