Bloomington’s Granfalloon Festival 2024 Features Sleater Kinney and Carl Bernstein

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BLOOMINGTON, Ind. — April 14, 2024

The vibrant pulse of punk-rock, the resonance of investigative journalism, and the literary legacy of Kurt Vonnegut Jr. will converge at Bloomington’s Granfalloon festival this summer, promising an eclectic fusion of art, ideas, and community.

Scheduled from May 20 to June 9, with main events running June 4 to 8, Granfalloon enters its fifth year as a hallmark celebration, heralding the commencement of Bloomington’s summer arts and culture season. Drawing both locals and visitors alike to the downtown area, the festival is presented by the Indiana University Arts and Humanities Council.

Among the headlining acts gracing the Kirkwood Avenue main stage on June 8 are the femme-fronted punk-rock bands Sleater-Kinney and The Linda Lindas, alongside the brass-funk ensemble My Son the Hurricane. Concurrently, the courthouse square will reverberate with the empowering performances of Girls Rock Bloomington and the melodic tunes of its founder, Amy Oelsner, known by her stage name, Amy O.

Adding a touch of journalistic gravitas to the festivities, Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Carl Bernstein will deliver the festival’s keynote address. Bernstein’s pivotal role in exposing the Watergate scandal alongside Bob Woodward, leading to President Richard Nixon’s resignation in 1974, infuses Granfalloon 2024 with a compelling narrative thread.

Thematically anchored in Vonnegut’s novel “Jailbird,” which delves into the Watergate affair, this year’s festival will explore issues of social and economic justice, political malfeasance, and societal upheaval. Collaborating with various IU entities and community organizations, Granfalloon will curate a diverse array of events and activities, including music performances, theater showcases, readings, film screenings, panel discussions, and interactive engagements.

Furthermore, the festival will serve as a platform for local artists to shine, with initiatives like the Art Project Grant program, funding socially conscious public art creations. Notable awardees include Jim Christie, Charles Culp, Huner Emin, Elizabeth Stelle, Emmie Tallman, and Erin Tobey.

Incorporating partnerships with esteemed institutions such as IU Theatre, IU Cinema, and the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library, Granfalloon embodies a collaborative spirit, uniting diverse voices in a celebration of creativity and community.

As anticipation mounts for the festival’s commencement, organizers promise further announcements in the weeks to come, ensuring Granfalloon 2024 stands as a testament to the enduring legacy of Vonnegut’s vision and the spirit of artistic exploration.

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