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Annual Independents Day festival moving to Franklinton in 2014

Posted by Brad Keefe | March 24, 2014 01:57 PM

The Whiles perform at Independents' Day 2013/Photo by Meghan Ralston

What do you get when you combine one of our favorite Columbus festivals and one of our favorite growing Columbus neighborhoods? Probably all kinds of awesome.

The organizers of Independents' Day have just announced that they will be moving from its downtown home since 2008 at the intersection of Pearl and Gay streets to the burgeoning arts scene of Franklinton. This year's festival will take place September 19 through 21.

“Independents’ Day brought incredible vibrancy to Gay Street over the last few years and helped make that area the success story it is today,” said Mayor Michael B. Coleman in a press release. “I can’t wait to see what happens when they throw an event bringing together thousands of Columbus’ creative minds in Franklinton.”

Bringing together a full day (or, last year, days) of local music, food and arts, Independents' Day has long been one of our favorite showcases of Columbus. The 2014 event will be led by newly appointed "captain" Shea Scott, in line with Indepedents' Day's rotation in leadership positions meant to keep the event fresh.

"We're excited to join the city-wide movement to redevelop Franklinton," said Scott. "We're seeing the same passion from artists and independent business owners moving to the area that originally attracted us to Gay Street six years ago."

The move is also great news for Franklinton, which has in recent years seen 400 West Rich grow into a full-on incubator for the arts scene, as well as the relocation of the Columbus Idea Foundry to Franklinton and much more. Oh, and one of our favorite new food and drink spots, Strongwater Food and Spirits.

The event will be taking place between Rich and State streets and adjacent alleyways in the area home to both 400 West Rich and Strongwater. Scott added that organizers are excited to have a chance to expand the festival's footprint.

“We couldn’t be happier to host Independents' Day in Franklinton," said Jim Sweeney, Executive Director of the Franklinton Development Association. "It’s a great festival, and this is a perfect location. We’re looking forward to awesome art, music, and people.”

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