The 2019 Spirit & Place Festival will celebrate, explore, challenge and reflect on the meaning behind revolution and evolution, creating the unique theme of R/Evolution on Nov. 1-10. Exploring the idea of change in the world, whether it’s sudden and abrupt, or gradual and unfolding, this year’s festival offers the public a chance to share in experiences that build community.
Now in its 24th year, the Spirit & Place Festival continues to be Indianapolis’ largest collaborative festival that uses the arts, religion and humanities as tools for shaping individual and community life through 10 days of events designed with community partners, individuals and congregations.
There will be 32 unique events this year that will take place across Indianapolis and feature a variety of presenters, speakers and performers. This year’s festival includes many events centered around panel-style discussions over powerful topics. These discussions are intended to spark conversation and explore current and historical events that are relevant to citizens of Central Indiana.
Visit the website at www.spiritandplace.org for the full festival lineup, including these music and theater events below:
Saturday, November 2, 6—9 p.m.
Songs of Revolution
Presented by All317HipHop, Indy Justice Choir, and The Church Within
The Church Within—1125 Spruce St.
Music and revolution have a long history together. Join us as we sing together to explore this history and examine how “songs of revolution” have changed over time. Featured artists and presenters include Indy Justice Choir, Gangsters, Edison School for the Arts, Douglas Peach, and Geechee Gullah Ring Shouters (via video).
Sunday, November 3, 1—4 p.m.
Restorations & Requiems: Finding Strength through Music, Art & Faith
Presented by Central Christian Church and Allisonville Christian Church
Central Christian Church Sanctuary & Fellowship Hall—701 N. Delaware St.
Explore how art and music can help heal the soul through a performance of John Rutter’s Requiem, a visual art show, and a discussion panel.
Sunday, November 3, 2 – 4 p.m.
A Violist’s Trousseau
Presented by musician Colette Abel, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Butler University Jordan College of Arts, Encore Orchestral Strings, and Indianapolis Violin
Edison-Duckwall Recital Hall—4600 Sunset Blvd.
In a program spanning the era of classical music from the baroque to the present, Colette Abel explores the evolution and revolution of the viola and viola d’amore through the music of Vivaldi, Schubert, Paganini, and Richard Auldon Clark.
Tuesday, November 5, 6—8 p.m.
A Faith Leader & a Scientist Walk into a Bar: Using Improv to Talk about Science and Faith
Presented by IUPUI/IU School of Medicine Communicating Science Program; The daVinci Pursuit; Center for Interfaith Cooperation; March for Science Indiana; and IU Consortium for the Study of Religion, Ethics, and Society.
Books & Brews South Indy—3808 S. Shelby St.
Let’s talk science and religion over coffee or a beer! Using theatrical improvisation techniques, you’ll be given the chance to take on the persona of a scientist, faith leader, or “everyday person” and then practice empathy-rooted communication strategies.
Thursday, November 7, 6—8pm
Cey More with Art: Art in Cultural R/Evolution
Presented by The Indianapolis Public Library and The Kheprw Institute’s art and cultural assembly, The Build
Central Library Auditorium—40 E. St. Clair St.
Hear from hip-hop legend Cey Adams, creative director of Def Jam Recordings, and local artists on the revolutionary power of art. Music, art work, and other creative expressions will be showcased throughout the evening.
Sunday, November 10, 2—4 p.m.
The World We Live(d) In
Presented by JCC Indianapolis, Indianapolis Jewish Community Relations Council, Dance Kaleidoscope, Indiana Writers Center, and Indianapolis Art Center
JCC Indianapolis—6701 Hoover Rd.
A juxtaposition of the social justice climate of yesterday and today interpreted through poetry and dance.