By Maria Lubanovic, Copy Editor
[Photo courtesy of Flyover Fest]
Anyone who is a fan of music, literature and film is sure to be excited by the third annual Flyover Fest, a magical four-day experience held in Columbus on May 8-11 that features artists of all kinds.
Flyover Fest started as a way to honor Columbus’s creativity while providing engagement with the community. Last year, over three thousand people attended.
“We’re always trying to grow upon what we accomplished the year previous and are invigorated by the enormous talent participating in 2019,” said Two Dollar Radio’s Brett Gregory.
Two Dollar Radio, a Columbus book publisher and film producer with international acclaim, founded the festival. Both Two Dollar Radio and Outer Orbit Booking, another company that helped plan the event, emphasize the importance of supporting midwestern artists.
Former Columbus Alive Editor-in-Chief Justin McIntosh and New York Times-bestselling writer Hanif Abdurraqib also helped coordinate this year’s festival.
This year, Flyover Fest includes acts like Danez Smith, a National Book Award-finalist with recognition from New York Times’ Magazine and Forbes, Boston rapper Michael Christmas, dream pop band Barrie, free cake for every creature, poet and novelist Erika L. Sanchez and more. A full list of artists can be found here. The festival also includes film screenings from the underground film scene.
“The experience we hope to foster with Flyover is one of discovery,” says Outer Orbit Booking’s Tom Konitzer. “Ideally attendees come to an event familiar with an act, and leave a fan of a new poet, filmmaker, or band.”
Venues for these acts spread all through Columbus’ North Campus, South Clintonville and South Side neighborhoods, taking place at Ace of Cups, Bossy Grrls Pin-Up Joint, Spacebar, Two Dollar Radio Headquarters, and the Wexner Center for the Arts. The venues are within walking distance, making the whole event more engaging for festival-goers.
Tickets for the whole weekend are $50 and include access to all venues and events. They can be purchased at theflyoverfest.com.