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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.

Every year CIC organizes the Indy Festival of Faiths, the Midwest’s largest one-day celebrations of religious diversity and vitality. Over its seven 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 2019’s Festival of Faiths is “Embracing Religious Diversity.” It happens Sunday, September 22, from 1:00-5:00 pm.

What can you expect 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

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

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

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