Independents' Day 2012
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Save The Date: 5th Annual Independents’ Day September 15
Free All-Ages Festival Celebrates Indie Culture, Commerce, and Creativity
COLUMBUS, OH (July 12, 2012) — The 5th annual Independents’ Day, presented by Gateway Film Center, will take place on Saturday, September 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Gay Street and Pearl Alley in downtown Columbus.
The indie celebration, which attracts thousands of people, features live music on four stages, artists, crafters, dancers, street performers, restaurants, food trucks/carts, beer tents, and a kids area.
Independents’ Day represents a collaborative effort of organizations including Capitol Square Rotary, CLOUDHAUS, Columbus Crafty Cotillion, Columbus Young Professionals, The Couchfire Collective, DRAC (Downtown Residents’ Association of Columbus), Etsy Team Columbus, Experience Columbus, Franklinton Arts District, Kobo Live, Locality 2012, Music Loves Ohio, Ohio Historical Society, The SBB (Small Business Beanstalk), and Wonderland Columbus. This year’s Independents’ Day beneficiaries are Columbus Youth Guild and TRANSIT Arts. Sponsors include Gateway Film Center, Alexandra477, Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District, Columbus Alive, ColumbusLocalMusic.com, Due Amici, Eartha Limited, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Little Industries, The Other Paper, and WCBE 90.5 FM.
New This Year
A free Independents’ Day mobile phone app will launch in August. Other new elements of this year’s festival include a dance stage, an Ohio-grown short film festival, a local author fair, a Fashion Collection area with apparel and accessories from local fashion designers, a craft vending machine, a social media corral, and a comedy show.
The application deadline for musicians and vendors is August 1. Dancer applications are due on September 1. Visit thisisindependent.com/getinvolved.html to apply.
People who are interested in volunteering at Independents’ Day can sign up for a shift at thisisindependent.com/volunteers.html.
More detailed information will be forthcoming.
5th Annual Independents’ Day September 15
Festival Celebrates Columbus Independent Culture, Commerce, and Creativity
COLUMBUS, OH (August 3, 2012) — The fifth annual Independents’ Day, presented by Gateway Film Center, takes place on Saturday, September 15 from 11:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. at Gay Street and Pearl Alley in downtown Columbus. The free all-ages festival offers live music from 36 bands on four stages, artists, crafters, dancers, street performers, restaurants, food trucks/carts, local independent businesses, beer trucks, and a kids area.
Struck by Lightning, Miranda Sound, Flotation Walls, Fly.Union, Watershed, Forest & the Evergreens, Connections, The Black Swans, EYE, The Saturday Giant, R. Ring, Bookmobile, Lo-Pan, P. Blackk, Indigo Wild, Donora, The Sewing Machine War, The Lost Revival, Path, Petit Mal, White Wolves, afortiori, Apocalypse Inc., Jesse Henry & Strutterfly, Slim White and the Averys, In Silent Movies, Hafrican, The Quinn Essentials, Brujas del Sol, Lionel The Jailbird, The Alpine Ghost, The End Of The Ocean, Alert New London, Mary Lynn, T-Tone The-Voice, and Skashank Redemption.
New This Year
New elements of this year’s festival include a free Independents’ Day mobile phone app, Ohio-grown short film festival, electronic dance area, local author fair, local fashion activities and workshops, craft vending machine, social media corral, and comedy show.
“Independents’ Day is about highlighting the wide variety of ways that Columbus is creative,” said festival captain Erin Corrigan. “We’re really excited that comedy, fashion, and film have been added to the mix.”
Gateway Film Center, 200 Columbus, Alexandra477, Brothers Drake Meadery, Capital Crossroads Special Improvement District, CD102.5 FM, Columbus Alive, ColumbusLocalMusic.com, Due Amici, Eartha Limited, ECDI, Greater Columbus Arts Council, Kobo Live, Little Industries, The Other Paper, The SBB, Telhio Credit Union, WCBE 90.5 FM, Wexner Center for the Arts, and What the Rock?!
Columbus Youth Guild and TRANSIT Arts
Capitol Square Rotary, Central City Recording, CLOUDHAUS, Columbus Crafty Cotillion, Columbus Idea Foundry, Columbus Is Funny, Columbus Young Professionals, The Couchfire Collective, Dine Originals Columbus, Downtown Residents’ Association of Columbus, D.P. Dough, Etsy Team Columbus, Experience Columbus, Food Fort Columbus, Franklinton Arts District, The Hot 17, Mid-Ohio Foodbank, Ohio Historical Society, Ohio Art League, Ohio Roller Girls, Pearl Market, and Wonderland Columbus.
Volunteers can sign up for a shift at http://www.thisisindependent.com/volunteers.html.
The band line-up is amazing!
I didn't even know Miranda Sound was still together. It's been a while though since I really kept up with local music.
With the exception of a one-off show in 2010, Miranda Sound officially broke up in 2008. However, we couldn't pass this show up and are getting back together specifically for it. Can't wait!
Tried to read this site on my phone in daylight. Tried. Failed.
Squared proudly presents the all new electronic dance stage for Independent's Day. Alberto Scircocco (of Cosmictraveler) and Scott Litch have assembled a fantastic lineup for you to enjoy!
Alberto (of Cosmictraveler)
For more information please check our website out at: squaredonline.com
Bump! Coming up on Saturday!
Looking forward to this. never been to Independents Day!
Photos rolling in via Facebook!
The crowd was quickly growing when I stopped by around 4:15pm. Great to see this event so well supported! Get on down there before 11pm! ;)
It is always a lot of fun.
More via Facebook:
As always, a great time at the fest. But, I do have just one beef to pick. Just one. The techno alley. Nobody was dancing. If only at night they could have had light effects, strobes, etc., I think it would have been much more successful and much more "cool". It would have been a party. Instead, it was a few people dancing in a dark alley. Fix that one for next year.
Ok. Just one more beef to pick. No Cheesy Truck! What gives?
A bunch of photos I took... here:
It's really cool to see how the festival keeps growing every year. The only thing that disappointed me was the smaller presence from Dine Originals this year. One of my favorite things in past years had been sampling the offering from various Dine Originals establishments.
Some past highlights have included ramnen from DeepWood, shrimp and grits from G.Michaels, and a scallop from the Refectory. There just weren't as many options this year, which I felt was a let down. (Not to denigrate the efforts of those who did participate--I just wanted more! :) )
Other than that, a great festival. A good time was had by all.
Independents' Day has become my favorite festival, great food, art, and music, and people.
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