Festivals

Security to be tight at Expo this weekend

July 18, 2014
Associated Press
Indianapolis officials are taking extra steps to ensure safety at Indiana Black Expo's Summer Celebration in a year that has seen a surge in homicides.
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State solicits ideas for bicentennial plaza near Statehouse

May 16, 2014
Kathleen McLaughlin
Significant portions of Indiana's 2016 bicentennial celebration could take place on a new public plaza west of the Statehouse. A request for information on the project issued this week assumes a $2 million construction budget.
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Danville to channel TV's Mayberry during 2-day festival

February 25, 2014
 IBJ Staff
Hendricks County will serve up a heaping helping of nostalgia this spring with a festival devoted to "The Andy Griffith Show."
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Heartland Film Festival leader Sparks stepping down

September 17, 2013
Lou Harry
Jeffrey L. Sparks, who has led the Heartland Film Festival since he founded the internationally known movie event more than two decades ago, is bowing out of his leadership role, he confirmed Tuesday morning.
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IndyFringe Festival breaks attendance record

August 26, 2013
Mason King
Wrapping up Sunday, the 11-day performing arts festival downtown sold a total of 17,286 tickets for the 64 productions mounted.
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500 Festival hires Atlanta marketing exec as CEO

May 29, 2013
 IBJ Staff
Bob Bryant, a veteran sports marketing executive from the Atlanta area, has been named president and CEO of the 500 Festival, the Indianapolis-based organization announced Wednesday morning.
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City's pianist competition makes key changes

April 9, 2013
Lou Harry
This year's event includes more promotion, more prize money—and an art installation of pianos on Monument Circle.
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500 Festival chief heading to AAA Hoosier Motor Club

January 2, 2013
Kirk Hendrix, who has served as president and CEO of the 500 Festival since 2003, is stepping down to take the same positions at AAA Hoosier Motor Club, the club announced Wednesday.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Film fest chief zooms in on fundraising

September 14, 2012
Mason King
LQ Heartland Sparks watch videoWhat "Twilight Zone"-ish connection does the founder of Heartland Truly Moving Pictures have to its new HQ? What tearjerking moment did he share with a major donor? How did he calm an infuriated Hollywood director? Jeffrey Sparks is ready for his closeup.
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QUICK VIDEO: 500 Festival Parade in 3:26

May 27, 2012
Mason King
500 parade watch videoWith temperatures flirting with the 90s, did you take a rain check on this year's parade? Here's a time-lapse version of the festivities.
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Indiana fairs, festivals await stage rigging rules

April 26, 2012
Associated Press
Organizers of some of Indiana's county fairs and small festivals are anxiously awaiting new rules governing the type of rigging involved in last summer's deadly State Fair stage collapse.
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Broad Ripple Art Fair's new ticket strategy to reward those who buy earlyRestricted Content

January 21, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Discounts are seen as a way to make the annual fair a better promotional tool for the Indianapolis Art Center.
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Oktoberfest organizers face bill for unpaid fairgrounds rent

November 18, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Board members of the German-American Klub of Indianapolis could be personally on the hook for more than $20,000 in unpaid rent at the Indiana State Fairgrounds.
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Heartland nearing $12.5 million fundraising goal

October 13, 2011
Scott Olson
The not-for-profit, whose annual film festival in Indianapolis opens Thursday, has surpassed $10 million and hopes to hit its goal of $12.5 million by the end of next year.
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Anderson, Indianapolis firms produce computer-pioneer documentaryRestricted Content

October 8, 2011
 IBJ Staff
The Heartland Film Festival entry looks at the life of the late Ken Olsen, who founded Massachusetts-based Digital Equipment Corp.
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Jazz Fest reports improved attendance after move

September 23, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Attendance at this year's festival, which ran Sept. 12-17 in Broad Ripple, was 5,050, up 20 percent over last year, promoter Al Hall said.
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IndyFringe audience growsRestricted Content

September 3, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Thirty-eight percent of visitors to last month’s theater festival had never attended the event before.
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Dig-IN tasting festival looks to create independent foundationRestricted Content

August 27, 2011
 IBJ Staff
Event at White River State Park wants to create ongoing source of support to connect Indiana farmers with grocery stores, restaurants and consumers.
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Black Expo sees attendance rise at Summer Celebration

July 22, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Attendance at Indiana Black Expo's Summer Celebration was up 5 percent compared to last year, the local organization reported Friday afternoon.
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LOU'S VIEWS: Get a jump start on Indy International Film Festival

July 9, 2011
Lou Harry
The festival, which runs July 14-24 at the Indianapolis Museum of Art, offers a diverse line-up, from mainstream films to innovative cinema.
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Black Expo aims for more family friendlinessRestricted Content

June 11, 2011
Kathleen McLaughlin
Indiana Black Expo is working to overcome last summer’s shootings and a recent staff mutiny, but observers say the root of the problem is declining interest among African-American adults in its signature event.
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Circle City Classic organizers look to boost 27-year-old event

October 1, 2010
Anthony Schoettle
A management shift and a renewed marketing effort that includes new attractions and increased advertising in key markets has Circle City Classic organizers optimistic about the annual event's future.
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IndyFringe Festival show spotlights teen relationships

July 17, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The festival has added a play called “don’t u luv me?” that explores how signs of affection can morph into controlling abuse through text messages.
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Jazz festival will move to OptiPark in Broad Ripple

June 19, 2010
 IBJ Staff
The ever-evolving Indy Jazz Fest will return this year, Sept. 18, but at the Opti-Park in Broad Ripple.
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Weather, sponsors should boost Broad Ripple Art Fair

May 14, 2010
Scott Olson
In its 40th year, event will feature 225 artists in a format expanded to two days.
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