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October 25, 2012

Festival's 17th year to focus on 'spirit of play'

INDIANAPOLIS — The opening weekend of the annual Spirit & Place Festival is kicking off with five events reflecting on this year's theme of "play."

The weekend will feature French musician and composer Pierre Bastien, singer-songwriters Carrie Newcomer and Krista Detor, Emmy Award-winner and Danville native Philip Gulley, and Scott Russell Sanders, accomplished author and national winner of the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Indiana Authors Award. The city's largest 10-day collaborative festival takes place Nov. 2 through 11.

Now celebrating its 17th year, the Spirit & Place Festival is an extensive civic celebration engaging upwards of 20,000 people throughout central Indiana in dozens of programs presented by more than 100 organizations. A project of The Polis Center at the IU School of Liberal Arts-IUPUI, its mission is to stimulate conversation, community building, and civic action through creative collaborations among arts, religion, and humanities.  

Playing in the Streets

6-9 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Harrison Center for the Arts, 1505 N. Delaware St.

Free

Celebrate playful place-making on First Friday with artists, musicians, performance artists, and students from Butler University as they express the particularity and creativity 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

10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Nov. 3 at Big Car Service Center, 3819 Lafayette Road

Free

Learn how to create your own mechanical instruments and orchestral contraptions in a hands-on workshop with French composer and sound installation artist Pierre Bastien. In 1986, Bastien built a mechanical orchestra activated by electro-motors that play on acoustic instruments from all over the world. Today, he and his musical machines collaborate with dance companies, circuses, video artists, fashion designers, and musicians globally. Bastien will be showcased in an afternoon performance.

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