What is Granfalloon?

Presented by the IU Arts and Humanities Council and inspired by legendary Hoosier author Kurt Vonnegut Jr., the Granfalloon brings together musicians, artists, thinkers, and good people from all walks of life for a celebration of art, ideas, and community.

The festival kicks off the Bloomington summer arts season and highlights the creative spirit of our region by tapping into the enduring 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 2023 will be presented concurrently with the Indiana University Writers Conference and the Bloomington Handmade Market. Events will take place in venues on campus and around downtown Bloomington. The festival offers engaging creative experiences from art and theater to film, live music, crafts, writing, puppets, a Nature Tour of the Century, and more.

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.