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Ebb & Flow Festival

Event Dates: April 1st-2nd, 2017

April 1 and 2
Mississippi Riverfront
Downtown Baton Rouge

The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge, along with a growing number of artists, creatives, engineers and architects, are creating a new festival for Baton Rouge. The Ebb and Flow Festival will take place April 1 - 2 and will invite innovation, intrigue and inspiration to visitors through unique artistic offerings, makerspaces and culinary delights.‍

In true Louisiana fashion the festival will include a flavorful music lineup, representing local, national, and international talent. Look for two days of performances on multiple stages, all set against the backdrop of the country’s grandest waterway--the Mississippi River.

With creative experiences ranging from yarn bombing and bubble art to creative makerspaces and an interactive sculpture garden, this riverfront festival is not to be missed. Temporary sculptural installations from Icelandic artist Steinun Thorarinsdottir will dot the walking path along the levee. Activities and stations for interactive play will offer opportunities for visitors of all ages to enjoy and learn more about the history of the Mississippi River. They include: “Kidd’s Corner” at the USS Kidd, theater performances at Louisiana’s Old State Capitol, storytelling booths, a “human library,” and an exhibition by the West Baton Rouge Museum highlighting the river’s connection to Creole culture.

Studies have shown that exciting cultural identities transform a city economically and educationally and improve quality of life. Austin, Memphis and Nashville are a few prominent examples among many. With the introduction of the Water Institute of the Gulf, the continued development of downtown, and the bustling river industry, Baton Rouge is ready to be the next exciting place to live, work and play.

The city has historically served as a conduit for other culturally rich locations throughout the state but has not claimed a clear cultural identity of its own. Enter: The River. This festival will showcase the city’s meaningful location on the Mighty Mississippi River with an annual celebration of arts and culture tied to themes associated with the concept of Ebb and Flow.

Taking place on the first weekend of April, Ebb and Flow serves as an anchor event for Louisiana’s festival season, with the Baton Rouge Blues Festival, Festival International, and New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and more to follow. With Baton Rouge celebrating the bicentennial of its incorporation in 2017, there is no better time to brand the Capital City as a cultural hub.

Want to be involved? Contact Mina Estrada at mestrada@artsbr.org or at 225.344.8558 Ext. 233.

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