In 2017, one million people filled downtown Cincinnati for BLINK , one of the largest light, art, and projection mapping events in the nation. It’s the largest event downtown Cincinnati has seen, and this year it’s going to be even better—and go even further into the Greater Cincinnati area.
From October 10th to the 13th, 30 blocks of Cincinnati, as well as the Roebling Suspension Bridge and Covington, will be taken over by lights and art. You can experience this event on your own or you can experience it via six unique tours.
ArtsWave, the illuminator of BLINK and engine for the region’s arts, is providing six different docent-led walking tours during BLINK. Tours are being offered on a first-come, first-serve basis with signup at ArtsWave.org/Tours. They’ll run on the half-hour from 3 PM to 11 PM (when the lights go off) daily, and will focus on projection mapping and art installations in five zones, as well as a mural tour around Findlay Market. Each tour is 50 minutes long, and you can select one tour you are really interested in or do all six (or anything in between).
“You’ll want to make several visits to see BLINK,” says Kathy DeBrosse, Vice President, Marketing & Engagement with ArtsWave. “You can spend Thursday night downtown, enjoying the parade, fireworks, and dance party down by the rainbow at The Banks. You can spend another night in Covington, exploring the rich architecture that’ll be lit up, ending at the Roebling to take in a half-hour performance of the bridge literally singing. And you can start your next day early at Findlay Market, catching new murals done by international street artists before heading to OTR to listen to lighted crickets making music at Music Hall. You can start your visit with an afternoon tour, end your visit with a late evening tour—whatever you like.”
ArtsWave President & CEO Alecia Kintner adds, “ArtsWave knows the arts have the capacity to connect the community and create a more vibrant region. You’ll see this in BLINK, which has grown exponentially from two years ago.”
Brave Berlin, again, is responsible for projection mapping and Agar is sourcing the internationally-acclaimed artists designing the murals. ArtWorks has rallied local artists along with their youth apprentices to create interactive installations, like levers that change the lighting on a mural, bicycles that you can ride to interact with projections, and more. The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber is orchestrating and managing the event, and The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Band Foundation has led the vision and plays a critical role in bringing the festival to life.
There are 50% more murals this year than last, and the event has become much more pedestrian-friendly. Many streets are shut down to traffic, and the Cincinnati Streetcar will be free for the duration of the event.
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Proceeds from the tours at BLINK will support 100+ organizations and projects like BLINK. To sign up, go to ArtsWave.org/Tours.