The Carmel City Council might force organizers of a proposed film and music festival to find funding elsewhere if they insist on holding it in May 2021.
Carmel’s proposed film and music festival didn’t receive as much funding as organizers hoped for, but dates are set and a not-for-profit has been formed to run it.
Carmel Mayor Jim Brainard and Nancy Heck, director of community relations and economic development, requested in September that the city’s 2020 budget include $425,000 to plan for the festival, which would feature music from the Carmel Symphony Orchestra and major studio movie premieres.
The downtown event, which is billed as “Indy’s original craft beer festival,” had been scheduled to take place for the 24th year on Aug. 3.
In its sophomore year, Carmel’s Christkindlmarkt drew 328,000 people to Carmel’s Center Green. Sales revenue also jumped significantly.
The improvements are part of a masterplan that aims to bring hundreds of thousands more visitors to the complex, which includes the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Carmel Christkindlmarkt organizers say the 33-foot-tall, lighted “pyramid” will be the largest of its kind in America. It is expected to be a popular feature at the upcoming Carmel Christkindlmarkt.
Leaders of this year’s Carmel’s Christkindlmarkt are already planning a more ambitious schedule and making changes to address visitors’ concerns from the inaugural event.
La Plaza, the group that organizes Fiesta Indianapolis, announced Tuesday that it instead decided to support other upcoming Latino community events.
The Indy Shorts International Film Fest is scheduled for late July at the Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields. It will exclusively feature films shorter than 40 minutes, including films that will be eligible for Academy Awards.
The annual Danville event, returning for a fifth year May 18-20 celebrates a love for “The Andy Griffith Show,” which ended its original run in 1971.
The city of Fishers on Tuesday announced a new event to replace the Freedom Festival—a 29-year-old summer celebration that was called off last year over financial issues.
The Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center is set to host a six-week festival that has attracted as many as 100,000 visitors in other markets.
Gen Con enjoyed record attendance for the ninth straight time, officials for the annual gaming event announced Monday.
Not-for-profit Dig IN said it plans to refocus efforts to support local food communities after receiving a $25,000 grant.
Indy Pride Inc. on Friday announced that its 2017 Circle City IN Pride Fest will be moving to Military Park at White River State Park after seven years of growth at the American Legion Mall.
Craig Prater has run film festivals around the globe and brings expertise in fundraising, sponsorships and tourism. Heartland’s 25th annual festival is scheduled for October.