About Us

The Messiah Festival of the Arts is a ten-day celebration of the fine arts, held around every Holy Week at Bethany College in Lindsborg, KS, since 1882. Our mission is to “honor the traditions, explore the new, embrace the excellent.”

Highlights of the MFA include:

  • A new, large-scale Palm Sunday Weekend event each year
  • The traditional and rich performances of Bach’s “Passion According to St. Matthew” every Good Friday, and Handel’s “Messiah” every Easter Sunday, performed by the 300+ member Bethany Oratorio Society, and today’s most renowned vocal soloists
  • Inspiring, high-caliber art exhibits, throughout the community and Bethany campus
  • Engaging theatre productions & workshops
  • The newest addition to the Messiah Festival is our Education Outreach Program, designed to engage area K-12 students with various aspects of the fine arts. All Education Outreach Events are funded by grants and generous donations.

Contact the Messiah Festival Office at 785-227-3380, ext. 8235, or email deutscherta@bethanylb.edu for questions.