7 Reasons to Get Excited for Murmuration Festival

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Murmuration is just over a month away; do you have your tickets yet? 

The inaugural 3-day event, created by Loufest founder Brian Cohen and founder and CEO of Cortex Dennis Lower, will bring together artists, musicians, innovators and entrepreneurs to collaborate, connect and share their work with the public on Cortex’s campus. 

Photo of Tycho courtesy of Murmuration Fest

“Art, science, music and technology: All those things come from the same place of creativity in people,” says Phyllis Ellison, Murmuration committee member. “They’re not dramatically different; it’s just the form that it takes when people are creating things. This is a great way to celebrate that.” 

What are we excited for? Aside from the opportunity to meet up with like-minded people from the St. Louis region and really explore the Cortex campus if you haven’t already, we have seven more reasons to block out that last weekend in September:

The Music

You know how every music festival season you start to see the same bands and performers on lineup lists from Lollapalooza to Coachella? That’s not the case with the Murmuration Music Series. When it came to selecting artists, the Murmuration team looked nationally for the unique, the creative and the different. Take a look and listen here and see if you don’t agree. More of the artists have been described as creating an ‘experience’ at their shows rather than simply playing a set. So get out of your Spotify box and take in something you never have before. 

The Thought Series

From panel discussions on bringing products to market from both local and international business owners to talks on robots and discussions on “Art’s Ability to Predict the Future”, it’s not just a turn of phrase to say there is something for everyone included in Murmuration’s Thought Series. Whether your passionate about civic issues, artistic movements or big data, plan your weekend to engage with both the subjects you know, and the ones you don’t.

The Good Grub 

With all the brain stimulation happening throughout the event, sustenance is key. Expect some of the best restaurants from Cortex’s neighborhood, The Central West End (Juniper, Mission Taco, Retreat Gastro Pub) as well as local favorites like Ices Plain and Fancy and Lulu’s Seafood and Dim Sum and more with options available all weekend for vegetarians, vegans, carnivores and kiddos.

The Chance for All Ages to Get Involved

What better way to inspire the future founders, artists and scientists of St. Louis then to expose them to inspiration at an early age? Everyone is welcome at Murmuration and for families specifically, there’s a Future Innovators Zone with “thought-bending” opportunities for the next generation of creative and innovative thinkers.

The Focus on Makers 

Not only is TechShop’s founder Mark Hatch speaking as a part of the Thought Series, but Murmuration will also play host to A Maker Expo, showcasing the work of enthusiasts, crafters, hobbyists, engineers, artists and organizations. Organizers liken it to a science fair crossed with a tech meetup, and the best part? It’s free all weekend.

The Support for Local Artists

With Art@Murmuration, festival goers have the chance to experience five different art installations from local artists who have created interactive experiences and unique installations that all comment on technology’s affect on our daily lives. Attendees can vote on their favorite and the winning artists will be awarded $5,000.

The Opportunity to Meet with St. Louis’ Finest Entrepreneurs

With the Innovation Showcase, entrepreneurs who have created everything from socially conscious mobile apps to devices that help asthma sufferers will be on hand to talk about their work and share stories. Stop and speak with founders, corporate innovators or ambitious high school students—it’s pretty much guaranteed you’ll walk away inspired.

Did we convince you? Learn more about Murmuration Festival and grab your tickets here!

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Mary writes for EQ and previously contributed to ALIVE Magazine and worked in the digital marketing field as an account manager. A central Illinois native, she got her news-editorial journalism degree from the University of Illinois and then moved to St. Louis so she wouldn’t have to be around as many Cubs fans. Then she married one.