IngenuityFest rocking ‘FuturePast’ this year as it celebrates art, tech in Cleveland

It’s hard to believe IngenuityFest is entering its teen years.

I remember when the affair was just a baby, an ambitious affair seeking to showcase the intersection of art and technology in Northeast Ohio.

The 13th annual IngenuityFest rocks and rolls Sept. 28 through 30 at the Hamilton Collective, 5401 Hamilton Ave., in the St. Clair-Superior neighborhood. The affair promises a range of performances and activities — dance, music, interactive exhibits, hands-on maker activities, vendors and the like.

IngenuityFest in Cleveland always presents a mix of musical and other performances and lots more to see and do. (Images courtesy of IngenuityFest)

This year’s theme is “FuturePast,” which, according to a news release, “celebrates the return of cherished traditions melded with the drive toward progress, forging a reimagined future. It will feature a mash-up of old-school technology and a newfound emphasis on community & localism, plus glimpses into the future as it was envisioned at various points throughout the ages.”

In a recent news release about programming, the IngenuityFest folks said this year the festival will highlight the work of The Ingeneers, “ Ingenuity’s volunteer-driven artist community who meet every week in the space to imagine and have created the colorful mash-ups of historical themes and eras that will greet visitors throughout the festival.”


Ingenuity’s Artistic Director, Emily Appelbaum, said in the release:

“The ‘FuturePast’ theme was chosen to celebrate innovation throughout the ages and the great thinkers who have pushed the boundaries of imagination. This year’s Fest creates a retro-futuristic dreamscape, with areas like Lava Lounge and Dino’s Den (complete with archeology pit), the Time Traveler’s Tavern, and Future Fronteirs. The Hamilton Collaborative will come alive with the hum of imagination from hundreds of creators, as well as the dozen permanent creative businesses who call the collaborative home.”

Musical acts that will take part in IngenuityFest this year include OSHUN from Washington, D.C. (Friday); the “dimension-defying” Squonk Opera from Pittsburgh (each day); Dressy Bessy from Denver (Saturday); Mourning [A] BLKstar (Cleveland); Illuminati Hotties (Los Angeles); Champagne Superchillin’ (Brooklyn, New York, by way of France); Saint Sister (Dublin, Ireland); Herzog (Cleveland); EYE (Columbus); and The Burning Peppermints (Birmingham, Alabama). Also planned is a nightly dance party featuring collaborations and new music from “some of Cleveland and Akron’s most exciting new DJs and producers,” including Muséus Project and Mind.e.

Admission is $5; weekend passes are $10. Children 12 and younger are admitted free.

Lots more information is available at

Mark Meszoros is passionate about many things art- and tech-related. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMeszoros.

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