Ingenuity Announces Performance Lineup for 14th Annual IngenuityFest: FuturePast, September 28-30, 2018

Hannah Maier
Marketing & Development Manager, Ingenuity Cleveland
216-589-9444 x402


For Immediate Release – 9/10/2018

Ingenuity Announces Performance Lineup for 14th Annual IngenuityFest: FuturePast, September 28-30, 2018

Cleveland, OH (September 10th, 2018) – Ingenuity Cleveland is thrilled to announce its music lineup for this year’s IngenuityFest, Cleveland’s longest running festival of art and technology. With musical acts from all around the world, the 2018 Festival aims to be the most intriguing to date, and provide Cleveland with a collection of the most impressive musical features in the festival’s recent history.

IngenuityFest 2018 will be held at its year-round home in The Hamilton Collaborative (located at 5401 Hamilton Ave). The event will be a bustling 3 days full of surprising talent, featuring headlining sets from rising superstars OSHUN from Washington, DC (Friday), the dimension-defying Squonk Opera from Pittsburgh, PA (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), and the always amazing Dressy Bessy from Denver, CO (Saturday). Equally intriguing performers include: Mourning [A] BLKstar (Cleveland, OH) Illuminati Hotties (Los Angeles, CA), Champagne Superchillin’ (Brooklyn, NY, by way of France), Saint Sister (Dublin, Ireland), Herzog (Cleveland, OH), EYE (Columbus, OH), The Burning Peppermints (Birmingham, AL), and 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.

Going into its 14th Festival year, Ingenuity announced earlier this year that the 2018 Festival theme is “FuturePast”. The theme was chosen to celebrate the return of cherished traditions melded with the drive towards progress, forging a reimagined future of community, localism, and human-centered technologies. It represents a homecoming in many ways: the former industrial facility reawakening with new art and manufacturing, whimsical ideation, and a hum of imagination from the many renaissance thinkers who call the Hamilton Collaborative home.

“I’m incredibly proud of this year’s music schedule. It’s one of the most diverse, unique, and engaging lineups our city has seen in a while and I can’t wait to showcase these artists from around the world who are creating distinctive art experiences,” says James Carol (of Cleveland Music City), head of music booking for IngenuityFest.”

Artistic Director Emily Appelbaum commented, “We’re thrilled to welcome back Ingenuity Favorites Squonk Opera, a regional treasure that truly embodies the intersection of art and technology, and specifically this year’s theme of Future/Past. Our music lineup compliments a robust selection of other multimedia performance exhibiting the diversity and excitement of Cleveland’s movement landscape. Offerings include IngenuityLabs’ own sci-fi performance group Astrocelt; NEOS Dance Theater; aerial dance and acrobatics from Be Studio and Shanty Circus; The Adverb Project of Verb Ballets, Tribe Ostara, Stratosphere, and a performance collaboration with Glo Cleveland. The Ingenuity Cabaret will return feature a range of local and variety acts, including The Manhattan Project Cleveland Lab performance group, while the brand new Time Travelers Tavern will be a place to relax to jazz and spoken word. Additionally, MorrisonDance will present the newest version of its ground-breaking vertical dance collaboration with Ingenuity, entitled DancEscapes of the Future/Past.”

For more details, stay tuned to and, where a complete programming schedule will be released. To get involved, please visit and to sign up to help make 2018 the year of connection and creativity!

About Ingenuity Cleveland:
Ingenuity’s mission is to ignite the creative spark where; the arts, science, and technology intersect. By animating Cleveland’s urban spaces with world-class, innovative experiences, Ingenuity provides a unique platform to explore the boundaries of art and technology. We do this through our outreach, creative partnerships, and events, including our annual IgenuityFest.

Ingenuity is a nonprofit organization now entering its 14th season and is funded by The Educational Foundation of America, Cuyahoga Arts and Culture, the Ohio Arts Council, The Cleveland Foundation, Gund Foundation, Cleveland Scene as well as many other businesses, non-profits, and private individuals.

About The Hamilton Collaborative: 
The Hamilton Collaborative redefines growth and innovation as an open and intentional community, managed cooperatively, providing resources, knowledge, tools, and space. Built by a group of like-minded organizations transforming the former Osborn Manufacturing Company in St Clair Superior into an outward-facing community hub, it currently comprises Ingenuity Cleveland, Soulcraft Woodshop, Skidmark Garage, Rust Belt Riders, Rebuilders Xchange, Architecture Office, 3 Barn Doors, and MorrisonDance.

OSHUN is an independent Hip-Hop / Soul duo and the sonic manifestation of Afrofuturism. Using digital and acoustic sounds, heavy drums and bass, and ambient harmonic textures, OSHUN connects with the spirit of their ancestors to manifest a sweeter tomorrow for us all.

Since the release of their debut mixtape ASASE YAA in 2015, OSHUN has amassed a social following of over 150k people between Youtube, Instagram, and Facebook alone. They’ve been recognized by media heavy hitters such as Billboard, Rolling Stone, The FADER, Viceland, Huffington Post, NPR, Essence, and Vogue (just to name a few). They’ve also performed throughout the U.S. and Brazil all while remaining full-time college students at NYU.

It’s been a wonderful journey and now that these young goddesses have graduated college, they are transitioning into the next phase of manifesting their purpose.