A Kurt Vonnegut Convergence

About Granfalloon

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 art, ideas, and community 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 2019 features musical performances by renowned bands from across the U.S., academic panels and keynote addresses from leading Vonnegut scholars, and creative activities presented by IU and the Bloomington community. Guests include Neko Case, Dave Eggers, Parquet Courts, Khruangbin, Sudan Archives, Durand Jones & The Indications, Barrie, Huckleberry Funk, and more.

The festival brings together creative groups and organizations from across Bloomington such as Cardinal Stage, Upland Brewing Company, Secretly Group, Voces Novae, and more.

This project is supported by Indiana University’s New Frontiers in the Arts & Humanities Program; Night & Day Bloomington;Hilliard Lyons - A Baird Company, The Matthews / Snyder Wealth Advisory Team; and Aaron & Amy Stolberg.

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.


Scenes from Granfalloon 2018

Headliner Father John Misty performing his Vonnegut-influenced music at Upland Brewery.
Rodeola performing on the main stage at Upland Brewery.
Sketches from the "Draw Like Vonnegut" activity table.
Noname rapping to a sold-out crowd at Rhino's Youth Center.  
Council Director Ed Comentale introduces panelists at Bloomington City Hall.  
Keynote speaker Robert Tally delivers a public lecture at the Ivy Tech Waldron Arts Center.  
Festivalgoers play a board game invented by Kurt Vonnegut. The rule book  can be found in the Lilly Library's Vonnegut collection.   
Father John Misty, looking misty.  
A booth on the science of Vonnegut's science fiction, at Bloomington City Hall.  
Damien Jurado playing an intimate set for the crowd at Upland Brewery.  
The old man's full oeuvre was available for sale, courtesy of the Kurt Vonnegut Museum and Library in Indianapolis.  
Attendees added their own personal epitaphs to giant Vonnegut-style tombstones.