About the festival

Since its formation in 2011, the CIC has built up a large, robust and diverse network of partnerships with Central Indiana congregations, colleges and universities, and civic and community organizations. One of its most important assets in fulfilling this mission is CIC’s diverse and active board, consisting of forty religious and community leaders.

Every year CIC organizes the Indy Festival of Faiths, the Midwest’s largest one-day celebrations of religious diversity and vitality. Over its five years, the Festival has steadily grown in the number of organizations participating, the number of people in the audience, and the diversity of activities offered.

The theme of 2018’s Festival of Faiths is “Compassion though Action.” It happens Sunday, October 14, from 1:00-5:00 pm; a Community Youth Forum will take place inside the Indiana War Memorial from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm.

What can you expect at the Festival to see and hear at the Festival?

Drumming Circle
Bringing more than 100 drums, Bongo Boy draws the audience to the center of Veterans Memorial Plaza

The Procession of Faiths
In one of the state’s great celebrations of diversity of belief and unity of spirit, groups representing scores of religious traditions wend their way through the Festival and the Sacred Arts Stage, where a half dozen religious leaders welcome Festival-goers

Sacred Arts Stage
Enjoy an afternoon of world class music and dance from many faith traditions

Kids activities
Everyone should bring their children to the Festival, where they can play games from different cultures, dance a maypole, walk a labyrinth, and engage in arts and crafts diverse communities

Compassion through Action Expo
The 2018 Festival of Faiths features three dozen groups and congregations whose religious convictions inspire them to serve the community, locally and globally

Community Youth Forum
Before the Festival kicks off, a diverse group of high school students will organize discussions of the issues that they’re most passionate about, and the changes they hope to make in society

Social Awareness Table Conversations
Experts will lead discussions of some of the most critical issues we face, such as Islamophobia, hate crime legislation, immigrants and refugees, religious freedom

Mini Film Fest
In Pershing Auditorium will be screened several locally-produced short films on topics such as grade schoolers in Carmel shaping environmental legislation and the impact of refugees from Burma on an Indianapolis church. Then the makers and subjects of the films will answer questions from the audience

Spirituality and the Arts Exhibit
Following up CIC’s recent exhibit of contemporary African American artists, “Red, Black, Green,” some of Indy’s leading artists will display their work in the War Memorial’s Grand Lobby

Tours of the Indiana War Memorial
The Indiana War Memorial is the city’s grand temple of American civil religion. IWM staff will lead tours of the Shrine Room, the War Museum, and other architectural features

Spoken Word Arts
Some of Central Indiana’s foremost poets will perform works that comfort the afflicted and afflict the comfortable

Indy author fair
Meet some of the city’s top writers and discuss their sources of inspiration

Mindfulness and Meditation Across Traditions
Meditation is important for most religious traditions, albeit for different reasons. Discuss practices and philosophies of mindfulness with Hindu, Buddhist, Christian, Jewish and Muslim teachers

Global food trucks
Enjoy food from around the world

Closing Ceremony
It’s a tradition for Festival-goers to end the day by coming together to “make a joyful noise” in song