Inspired by one of the Hoosier State’s most famous authors, Granfalloon brings together musicians, artists, thinkers, and good people from all walks of life for a multi-day celebration of creative activity, scholarship, and community building to kick off the summer arts scene in Bloomington.
The festival occurs each May, keeping at its heart the ethos of Vonnegut’s life and work: promoting civic engagement, encouraging independent thought, and championing art and creativity as essential to the spiritual life of individuals and the health of our democracy.
Granfalloon 2018 featured musical performances by artists from across the U.S., academic panels and keynote addresses from leading Vonnegut scholars, and creative activities from IU and the Bloomington community. Guests included Father John Misty, Noname, Waxahatchee, Damien Jurado, Robert Weide, Robert Tally, Ginger Strand, and Dan Wakefield.
What is a Granfalloon?
Coined by Vonnegut in his renowned novel Cat’s Cradle, a Granfalloon refers to a group of people brought together for seemingly arbitrary reasons, but whose sense of belonging and community is nevertheless very real. Vonnegut offered Hoosiers as a prime example of a Granfalloon.