The Ebb & Flow Festival is an annual conglomerate of visual art, film, music events, and other cultural offerings taking place from
mid-March to mid-April in downtown baton rouge.
Why Ebb and Flow?
Inspired by Baton Rouge’s identity as the capital of Louisiana and its unique location on the on the Mississippi River, the Ebb & Flow Festival celebrates artists, expands cultural understanding, encourages critical discourse, transforms urban space, promotes the collective economic and ecological connection to water, and all things that ebb and flow. With its thematic focus on water and location on the Mississippi River in downtown Baton Rouge, Ebb and Flow is a setting to make these connections for people in Southeast Louisiana and on a national and international level.
The Ebb and Flow VISION
The Ebb & Flow Festival seeks to educate and foster dialogue to increase understanding of natural and human aspects of water systems, ecology, and restoration in terms that are approachable for the public, including placemaking, storytelling, public art and interactive design. This arts and cultural approach is combined with the celebration of the diverse industry brought by the Gulf of Mexico and the Mississippi River in balance with incentives for sustainable practices among festival vendors and partners.
Why it Matters
The delta region and coastline of Louisiana is disproportionately vulnerable to land loss and flooding due to climate change. In addition to economic and ecological impacts, erosion and weather events threaten the loss of Louisiana’s cultural assets. These cultural assets may also provide a resource in the solution to this problem by humanizing the issue and providing a means to help the public understand and connect to water. According to a 2018 report by the US Water Alliance, “Artistic experiences often evoke a sensory and emotional response and have potential to help people see, hear, feel and even taste a unique water challenge, source, or process that would have otherwise been intangible.”