Propelled by an expansive artistic vision in 2006, festival organizers sought to break down the walls intimidating Southern media makers by creating exhibition opportunities for work often overlooked elsewhere. Anchored by the spirit of its host, the Nickelodeon Theatre – South Carolina’s only non-profit, art house theatre – Indie Grits has become an annual pilgrimage for independent artists in search of community.

What started as a DIY festival for a tight-knit and dedicated audience, Indie Grits has grown into a staple of the city’s cultural life, giving novice to advanced media makers from across the Southeast a venue for sharing their interest in independent media making, while also giving thousands of visitors and locals access to a progressive cultural life unmatched in the Southeast.

We couldn’t do this without the City of Columbia, all of our partnering organizations, and the people of our city joining us and helping push us into new territory year after year! And hats off to the always increasing network of media makers hailing from across the Southeast and beyond.

Together we form the collective spirit that is Indie Grits. Come out and pick your poison: dark theaters, music in the streets, late night drinks with like-minded souls, scandalous variety shows, art installations, NSFW puppet shows, and more.



Indie Bits Showcase

Weekly Revue

The Puppet Slam

Kindie Grits