ORANJE and its staff had a banner year in 2012. Earlier this year, we were lucky enough to be a part of the festivities surrounding Super Bowl XLVI, Indy’s first (and hopefully not last) Super Bowl hosting opportunity. From the Super Bowl Village to the NFL Experience to the Huddle After Hours, ORANJE had an amazing opportunity to be involved in some of the more exciting aspects of the biggest sporting event to ever occur in Indy. ORANJE’s involvement in the Super Bowl was all part of an effort to have a greater involvement in the arts & cultural scene in Indianapolis, and the connections made during that time were immeasurable.
Shortly after the Super Bowl wrapped up, ORANJE co-founder Adam Crockett and his wife Ambre welcomed their first child, Kingston, into the family. While the arrival of his son kept Adam away from ORANJE in 2012, it was great to see Kingston arrive healthy and happy into our world. We are all excited for the Crockett family and look forward to being a part of Kingston’s life.
After five consecutive years of hosting ORANJE at the former Ross-Gage building at 24th and Illinois, it was time for a change of venue. Numerous options were considered, including notable landmark venues in downtown Indianapolis. As the event date approached, it became clear that our best option was to host ORANJE 2012 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. Initially, we were skeptical about the opportunity and were not fully aware of the facilities available at the Fairgrounds. However, upon taking an initial tour of Centennial Hall, we knew we had a great opportunity to host ORANJE in a venue that would be fresh and different for us. While leaving the ‘vacant warehouse’ style of venue seemed odd for ORANJE, and risked losing some of the ‘cool’ factor, the decision was easier when we considered the hundreds of hours that went into preparing the facilities previously used by ORANJE. It made more sense to utilize a facility that offered features that we struggled to find in the past (e.g. stable electrical wiring, onsite parking and indoor restrooms). Furthermore, we were able to reach new audiences by moving to a more prominent and recognizable venue. Ultimately, the Fairgrounds felt like home and we greatly appreciated the support provided by the ISF staff and enjoyed the time spent onsite preparing for ORANJE 2012.
Just like past ORANJE events, this year’s event was made possible by dozens of people contributing hundreds of hours of hard work. The staff, our sponsors and the artists and musicians who participated in ORANJE 2012 sacrificed time and energy in an effort to be a part of another great event that was shared by approximately 3,000 people on the night of September 22nd. Whether working from our humble home office, at Centennial Hall, or working our booth at events such as Penrod, the ORANJE team pulled together and made it happen once again. Seeing everyone have a great time at the event is one of the more fulfilling results, and we always love to hear success stories from artists who sold work at ORANJE.
We are excited to now be working on a possible first-ever ORANJE springtime event, and have already started turning the wheels for ORANJE 2013 next September. In addition, we are spreading our wings into doing more community events, including our monthly ‘First Saturday’ live music showcase. Stay tuned for more information about our upcoming events and Indulge Your Senses with ORANJE in 2013!
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ORANJE 2011 marked the fifth consecutive year at the former Ross-Gage building at 24th and Illinois, and more importantly, the tenth anniversary of ORANJE as an art & music event in Indianapolis. The staff and participants were all excited that ORANJE had reached the ten year milestone, and another night of great weather led to a fantastic overall event.
ORANJE 2011 welcomed new sponsors such as Pabst Blue Ribbon and Jak Prints, and also featured new, unique happenings within the event such as the live fashion design competition, in which student designers competed live at ORANJE to make the best design from random material in less than 4 hours.
From an operations standpoint, the ORANJE staff executed its smoothest event to date and was able to enjoy the experience more than ever before. 40 artists and 25 music acts entertained and amused a crowd of nearly 3,000 people, including many who attended the event for the first time. It was a proud and memorable night for ORANJE and all who contributed to getting the event to the ten year mark.
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ORANJE 2010 took place on Saturday, September 18, 2010, a beautiful, fall night in Indianapolis. With over 45 fine artists displaying artwork in their custom built “booths”, 35 music acts of all genres on 5 performance stages, 3 gorgeously decorated “enviro-lounges”, an Indie Film Lounge and the FIDAMO Fashion Lounge which featured an amazing display of fashion, live video art and sick DJ’s….ORANJE 2010 was an overwhelming experience of contemporary art and progressive music in a stimulating 60,000 square foot urban, industrial setting. This, the ninth annual ORANJE, was the most incredible event to date and set the stage for the 10th Anniversary of ORANJE in 2011.
We want to thank all the ORANJE participants, sponsors, volunteers, supporters and patrons which make this unique and special event possible. Without you, ORANJE would be but a dream. Please continue to keep a look out for ORANJE and other special ORANJE events taking place throughout the year.
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ORANJE 2009 was held on Saturday, September 19, 2009 and once ORANJE made its home in the 60,000 square foot vacant Ross-Gage Building located at 2323 North Illinois Street. ORANJE 2009 featured over 40 fine arts and 50 bands on 7 stages, a record number of music performers for ORANJE. ORANJE 2009 also experienced yet another year with a growth in attendance drawing over 3,200 people to the event. Our 2009 event featured a new concept in the presentation of fashion art at ORANJE with the IndyHub Fashion Lounge where people mingled, discussed and experienced the cutting edge of fashion in Indianapolis. Coinciding with the growth in attendance, ORANJE 2009, retained nearly all the 2008 sponsors and garnered many new sponsors during difficult economic times including Matchbook Creative, Barefoot Wine, X-103 FM, Vitamin Water and many other quality companies and organizations who contributed the overall experience of ORANJE. The entire event and evening were a huge success and were bolstered by a clear gorgeous September evening.
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For the first time ever, ORANJE 2008 utilized the save venue as the previous year. The reason…the building is perfect for ORANJE! On September 20, 2008, the 60,000 square foot warehouse at 2323 North Illinois was again transformed into an overwhelming display of art, music, film, fashion and culture. Over 50 artists and 25 music acts were presented, along with two Enviro-Lounges, the first outdoor film lounge and multiple interactive art displays. ORANJE 2008 was the most well attended ORANJE event ever, with over 3,000 people in attendance.
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Saturday, September 15, 2007 marked another glorious night for ORANJE. On so many levels, the evening surpassed anything we had previously presented. The refreshingly cool evening, a perfect venue, our amazing staff & participants and the wonderful patrons all combined to make ORANJE 2007 an amazing evening.
In 2007, ORANJE featured the talents of over 45 fine artists, 25 music acts performing on five stages, as well as a beautiful film lounge which screened independent movies and shorts throughout the evening. Additionally, our Anti-Fashion Show was a big hit with its skewed approach to showcasing beauty and couture, combined with a twist of social commentary.
In this sixth year of our annual event, ORANJE truly hit its stride. All the pieces of the puzzle–producers, staff, participants, sponsors and patrons–came together in unison to present a remarkable showcase of contemporary art & progressive music which is unrivaled in the Midwest. The diversity of art & music, the flawless execution & organization and the free-flowing socially interactive environment once again solidified the place of ORANJE on the Indianapolis cultural map.
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Held on September 16th, 2006, ORANJE departed from the traditional expansive warehouse venue to showcase the event in a former television station located at 1440 North Meridian. Our fifth ORANJE event brought back the ORANJE Fashion Show, presented three Enviro-Lounges and even showcased an incredible artistic fireworks display. ORANJE 2006 continued to grow and expand in all areas, including more bands, stages and artists than ever as well as a growth in attendance to over 2,300 patrons.
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