Join local non profit, Indy Convergence for two inspiring weekends of live music, dance, theater, and nature adventures in unlikely spaces along the shores of the White River.
The A Rising Tide series kicks off Thursday, September 9 at 7:30pm with rock-soul band The Palace and a night of s’mores, cocktails, river views, and great music!
Other events include
- Friday 9/10 @ 7:30 Salute to the DJs
- Saturday 9/11 @ 2pm Guided Nature Hike & 7:30 Fonseca Theatre Company
- Thursday 9/16 @ 7:30 Gritty N’ Craft Show
- Friday 9/17 @ 7:30 Son de Esquina;
- Saturday 9/18 @ 7:30 Mike Treez/Forward Motion
- Sunday 9/19 @ 10am Nature Hike, guided hike and 2:30 Kenyetta Dance
Ticket for the shows are $15 (nature hikes are free) and all events will be held at 2020 N White River Parkway W, Indianapolis, 46202.
The story behind the festival
A Rising Tide is an Indy Convergence initiative brings performance to the shores of the White River. It is mobile, non-invasive programming has created a seasonal theater district along both sides of the river and creates arts-based jobs in the Near West. The initiative will donate a portion of proceeds to the NW Livability task force for resident-led projects. A Rising Tide is also working with trailblazers city-wide to integrate our programs into existing plans around the revitalization of the White River.
With an initial gift from Reconnecting to Our Waterways through the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust White River Fund, Indy Convergence purchased two outdoor stages including one that will float on the river.
In 2019 Indy Convergence produced five shows with artistic and community partners who included Fonseca Theatre Company, Kenyetta Dance, Forward Motion, UnNamed Productions, White River Alliance, the Eiteljorg Museum, and bands, The Palace, Sweet Poison Victim, Chatham Heart, and Bigfoot Yancey.
The importance of the White River
The Upper White River Watershed is central Indiana’s defining geographic feature, It encompasses a 2,720 square mile area (1,740,544 acres) extending across sixteen counties including significant portions of Hancock, Marion, Hendricks, Johnson, Hamilton, Morgan, Boone, Tipton, Madison, Henry, Delaware, and Randolph Counties, as well as smaller portions of Owen, Monroe, Brown, and Clinton Counties.
Throughout Indiana’s history, the White River has served as a source of drinking water, recreation, wildlife habitat, and greenspace in the community, yet has a storied past including decades of neglect and pollution. Today, many local organizations, environmentalists, river advocates, and business leaders are working to protect these water resources throughout Central Indiana and identify ways to improve community relationships with the river.
One of the main sources of pollution to the White River, is storm water runoff – something individuals and business can easily protect. Before and after you head to the festival’s events, take a moment to review your groundwater protection practices!
- Post signs on sinks and within chemical storage areas that remind employees that chemicals can’t be dumped down the drains.
- Review your Emergency Response Spill Prevention Plan and make sure employees are trained on using your spill kit.
- Insure containment areas located outside are properly drained or covered from weather.
- Pick up dog poop: Animal (and human) poop contribute to the presence of E. Coli in the water.
- Don’t feed geese or other wild birds: feeding geese causes overpopulation, adding to the poop problem, as geese can produce up to two to three pounds of waste per day.
- Use less fertilizer on your lawns: runoff from fertilized lawns adds nitrogen and phosphorus to the White River, which can cause algal blooms and prove toxic to some animals.