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Ingenuity Festival

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(September) Ingenuity Fest was formed in 2004 to showcase the wide range of cultural strengths in Northeast Ohio; the idea was to find potential intersections between these strengths and technology. The result has truly become a phenomenon. Most of the festival’s offerings center on technology-based or technology-informed performances. Past works have included collaborations between NASA and the local company, DancEvert, on a wind tunnel technology-inspired performance, a “Symphony for 21 iPods” by Phil Kline, and a performance of “King Lear” in an abandoned department store. The festival now draws over 45,000 attendees and moves from location to location during the event, inspiring festival goers to rediscover their city and bringing a staggering $4.5 million of economic impact to a city that’s still maturing in its cultural life. For three days in September each year, this incredible experience takes over a new location in Cleveland, marrying art and science in a way few other events have even attempted to tackle! (MS)

Ingenuity Festival Information

  • Public Transportation: Good (easily accessible by bus and subway)
  • Handicapped Accessibility: Fair
  • Performances/Programs: Various shows with multiple performances of many
  • Ticket Prices: Free.