Published on March 3rd, 2018 | by Millennium Magazine Staff


Indie Grits Festival Announces Full 2018 Festival Schedule

COLUMBIA, SC – Indie Grits Festival, which will take place April 12-15, 2018, has announced its full festival schedule on Thursday, March 1, via its newly designed website. Additionally, on Friday, March 2, Indie Grits Labs, which hosts Indie Grits Festival, held its first public open house and an art book release party at the organization’s new space at 1013 Duke Avenue in Columbia. 

Indie Grits Festival Announces Full Schedule

This year’s festival will feature four days of engaging cultural events unmatched in the Southeast; including film, art (the premier of new artworks from the “Two Cities” project), a full lineup of musical performances, Indie Bits (indie video gaming showcase), Kindie Grits (animation fun for children), a puppet slam and parties each night.

New this year: As a reflection of Indie Grits Fellows’ “Two Cities” work and in celebration of Indie Grits Labs new space at 1013 Duke Avenue, many of this year’s Indie Grits events will take place in North Columbia, just minutes from downtown.

Festival passes are now available for the entire festival for $150 and most events and individual tickets are available for $10.

Highlights from this year’s Indie Grits lineup include:

  • Film competition, Nickelodeon Theatre (1607 Main St.), throughout the festival: Indie Grits started as a film competition and though the festival has grown, films still must have some sort of connection to the South, telling stories that reflect a slice of modern Southern culture that’s inclusive of all voices, especially those often marginalized. As always, Indie Grits avoids films with gratuitous violence, guns and stereotypical portrayals of characters. This year, Indie Grits will feature 83 short, narrative-length, animated and documentary films. 53 percent of Indie Grits filmmakers are female. The festival is proud to include diverse voices and talent that outpaces other film competitions.
  • A Night with Two Cities, April 12, Indie Grits Labs (1013 Duke Ave.): This year’s Indie Grits Fellows have been working under the idea of “Two Cities.” Thirteen artists, filmmakers, activists, community organizers and agriculturalists will premier new works of art focused on sustainability and place. They have engaged community members in a collaborative process to highlight the vibrancy of North Columbia and address how racial divisions define how we interact with our city.
  • 30 bands across four days, various venues, every day of the festival: Indie Grits, in partnership with Love, Peace & Hip-Hop, will host an opening night party (Thursday, April 12) at Tapps Art Center featuring FatRat Da Czar and Deniro Farrar, plus seven other bands. In addition to music on Friday and Saturday nights, “Sunday Dinner” (Sunday, April 15), a free, family-friendly outdoor event hosted by FatRat Da Czar, will feature performances by The Beast, Dom Flemons and Amythyst Kiah at the junction of North Main and Monticello Road. Food trucks will also offer food.
  • Two Cities Puppet Slam (4005 Monticello Rd.) April 14, 6 and 9 p.m.: An evening of hilarious and thought-provoking puppetry for an adult audience, this year’s Puppet Slam will feature an extensive collaboration with local theatre troupe NiA, as well as welcome several visiting performers to Columbia’s stage. This esoteric gathering will take place in a unique raw space on Monticello Rd.
  • The Weekly Revue’s Church of Karaoke (4005 Monticello Rd.), doors open at 8 p.m. and the show begins at 9 p.m.: Toby Lou, part of the Indie Grits lineup for several years, is back at Indie Grits and getting the audience more involved than ever before with karaoke.

For more information and Indie Grits Festival events, visit 

About Indie Grits Labs

In response to tremendous growth of Indie Grits, the Columbia Film Society, the organization that runs the Nickelodeon Theatre, moved to create Indie Grits Labs to consolidate the festival, the creation of new media artwork and media education.

Indie Grits Festival and all of the Nickelodeon Theatre’s media education programs, including adult workshops, are now housed under Indie Grits Labs, a year-round institution for research, discussion and creation. “Two Cities” represents the first major project under the Indie Grits Labs umbrella.

For more information on Indie Grits Labs contact Seth Gadsden, director at Follow @IndieGrits on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.



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