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Indie Grits Festival, which will take place April 12-15, 2018, has announced its full festival schedule, via its website. With more than 80 films, 30 bands in three days, new works by 13 Indie Grits Fellows, puppet slams, indie video gaming, kids’ events at Kindie Grits and more, Indie Grits is packed with more events than ever before.

Indie Grits Festival Announces Full Schedule

This year’s festival will feature four days of engaging cultural events unmatched in the Southeast; including film, art (the premier of new artworks from the “Two Cities” project), a full lineup of musical performances, Indie Bits (indie video gaming showcase), Kindie Grits (animation fun for children), a puppet slam and parties each night.

New this year: As a reflection of Indie Grits Fellows’ “Two Cities” work and in celebration of Indie Grits Labs new space at 1013 Duke Avenue, many of this year’s Indie Grits events will take place in North Columbia, just minutes from downtown.

Festival passes are now available for the entire festival for $150 and most events and individual tickets are available for $10.

Highlights from this year’s Indie Grits lineup include:

-Film competition, Nickelodeon Theatre (1607 Main St.), throughout the festival: Indie Grits started as a film competition and though the festival has grown, films still must have some sort of connection to the South, telling stories that reflect a slice of modern Southern culture that’s inclusive of all voices, especially those often marginalized.  As always, Indie Grits avoids films with gratuitous violence, guns and stereotypical portrayals of characters. This year, Indie Grits will feature 83 short, narrative-length, animated and documentary films. 53 percent of Indie Grits filmmakers are female. The festival is proud to include diverse voices and talent that outpaces other film competitions.

– A Night with Two Cities, April 12, Indie Grits Labs (1013 Duke Ave.): This year’s Indie Grits Fellows have been working under the idea of “Two Cities.” Thirteen artists, filmmakers, activists, community organizers and agriculturalists will premier new works of art focused on sustainability and place. They have engaged community members in a collaborative process to highlight the vibrancy of North Columbia and address how racial divisions define how we interact with our city.

– 30 bands across four days, various venues, every day of the festival: Indie Grits, in partnership with Love, Peace & Hip-Hop, will host an opening night party (Thursday, April 12) at Tapps Art Center featuring FatRat Da Czar and Deniro Farrar, plus seven other bands. In addition to music on Friday and Saturday nights, “Sunday Dinner” (Sunday, April 15), a free, family-friendly outdoor event hosted by FatRat Da Czar, will feature performances by The Beast, Dom Flemons and Amythyst Kiah at the junction of North Main and Monticello Road. Food trucks will also offer food. 

-Two Cities Puppet Slam (4005 Monticello Rd.) April 14, 6 and 9 p.m.: An evening of hilarious and thought-provoking puppetry for an adult audience, this year’s Puppet Slam will feature an extensive collaboration with local theatre troupe NiA, as well as welcome several visiting performers to Columbia’s stage. This esoteric gathering will take place in a unique raw space on Monticello Rd.

-The Weekly Revue’s Church of Karaoke (4005 Monticello Rd.), doors open at 8 p.m. and the show begins at 9 p.m.: Toby Lou, part of the Indie Grits lineup for several years, is back at Indie Grits and getting the audience more involved than ever before with karaoke.

For more information and Indie Grits Festival events, visit IndieGrits.org.

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