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There are only 8 weeks left before the Spirit & Place Festival officially kicks off! We know the sheer magnitude of 40 events can be overwhelming for any fan, so we have a few easy ways you can plug in as you gear up for the Festival.


Check Out Our Website: All 40 Festival events have been posted on our website. Find out which ones you're attending, read presenter bios, and put it on your calendar!


Open Your Email: Beginning now until the Festival starts, you'll get weekly newsletters with event previews so you don't have to search for the perfect events to attend.


Get on Facebook: Drop by to have a laugh, connect with the community, and learn more about PLAY than you could if you went to all 40 Festival events. Check it out.

Send Us a Tweet
Tap into a network of fans who are invested in the spirit of conversation in Indiana. Follow @spiritandplace and use hashtag #SPIndy when you talk about the Festival.

signatureseriesSignature Event Series


Playing in the Streets - Opening Night.

Playing in the StreetsCelebrate playful place-making on First Friday! Artists, musicians, performance artists, and students from Butler University express the particularity of Indy's urban neighborhoods with original creations. See exhibits, including featured work by Harrison Center Curator Kyle Ragsdale; hear local singer-songwriters; celebrate the 20th anniversary of LISC (Local Initiatives Service Corporation); and visit dozens of booths showcasing upcoming Spirit & Place Festival programs.  


Musical Machinery Workshop with Pierre Bastien

Learn how to create your own mechanical instruments and orchestral contraptions in this hands-on workshop with French composer and sound installation artist Pierre Bastien. Pierre BastienIn 1986, Bastien built a mechanical orchestra activated by electro-motors that play on acoustic instruments from all over the world.


Musical Machinery Performance with Pierre Bastien

Music and mechanics collide! Experimental instrument builder and sound installation artist Pierre Bastien comes to Indianapolis from France for a unique performance that blends live trumpet sounds with screen projections of on-site, mechanical sound sculptures built by Bastien. 


Carrie NewcomerOur Lives as Sacred Story with Carrie Newcomer

Use conversation, exploratory writing, and individual and group experiences to mine the playful beauty and sacred meaning of your life in this hands-on workshop led by Indiana singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer. Writers, songwriters, and "creatives" of all types and skill levels are welcome.


Miracles, Myths, Lyrics & LiesMiracles, Myths, Lyrics, and Lies 

Singer-songwriters Carrie Newcomer and Krista Detor and writers Phil Gulley and Scott Russell Sanders will weave humorous essays, tall tales, and tender songs that blend whimsy and wonder with mystery and merriment in a performance that is by turns romantic, spiritual, and hilarious.  

justforfunJust for Fun!


Did you you know that Spirit & Place Festival had it's very own viral Facebook post? August 16 marked our most popular post yet with 1,596 likes, 1,922 shares by fans, and 151 comments. This post also helped us gain 150 fantastic new fans from all over the world.


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Festival Booklet
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Sacred Play Sacred Play
By Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso


The holy is serious stuff, not something to be taken lightly....No matter how busy we are, we are to set aside a day for leisure. We take a deep breath, let go, let be and play. It is not a friendly suggestion; it is a divine commandment...read more.





Indy Jazz Fest

Happening now! Spend your the rest of your week listening to the best. Learn more.


STEAM! Innovation Fair

See technology of the past meet innovations of the future at Conner Prairie. Learn more. Learn more.




Take a self-guided tour on your bike to discover Indy's historical and cultural crossroads. Wind up at City Market for prizes and conversation. Learn more.
Lilly Endowment, Inc.Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation Inc.H. Wilbur Hardacre Charitable Trust

Marian University Bohlsen PR IUPUI  
The Indianapolis Foundation, a CICF affiliate The Polis Center at IUPUI University of Indianapolis


IU School of Liberal Arts, IUPUIIU School of Medicine, IUPUI 

North United Methodist Church Wishard Christian Theological Seminary


Christel DeHaan Family Foundation Franklin College Hilton Indianapolis Baker & Daniels


Indiana Humanities  IU School of Dentistry, IUPUI Second Presbyterian ChurchSt. Pauls  
Congregation Beth El Zedeck Indianapolis Museum of Art Butler University Harrison Center for the Arts    
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