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BLINK will feature large-scale projection mapping installations, murals, urban artscapes, and interactive art. It runs from Thursday, October 12 to Sunday, October 15 and goes from 7 PM to 12 AM each night. With the exception of one installation, BLINK is totally free. / Image provided by Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber // Published: 10.11.17

Everything You Need To Know About This Week’s BLINK Festival

Get ready, Cincinnati. BLINK is coming, and it's gonna be huuuuuge!

Produced by the folks who brought us the widely popular Lumenocity (i.e. Brave Berlin, along with AGAR, ArtWorks, the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber), BLINK will feature large-scale projection mapping installations, murals, urban artscapes, and interactive art. And food, drinks, a parade, music, and Summerfair! Whew!

BLINK was designed to shine a light on our city — its accessibility, its vibrancy, its architecture, and the vast artistic talent we have here. Here’s the lowdown on what promises to be one of the coolest events our town has ever hosted.

WHEN
October 12–15, 2017, 7 PM – 12 AM each night


WHERE:
BLINK will cover 20 city blocks, from Downtown Cincinnati's Banks to Over-the-Rhine’s Findlay Market. Once you take in one piece of the fest, it will be easy to see where to go next. You can start at any point on the event map, and enjoy it all in one night — or over all four.


WHAT YOU CAN'T MISS

  • The opening night parade (7 PM, 10/12, Washington Park) — participants from all over the city will light up the BLINK festival route.

  • Summerfair (10/13—10/15, Piatt Park) — since 1968, Summerfair has brought artists and craftspeople from across the country to Cincinnati to share their work.

  • Voices (Freedom Center) — Brave Berlin brings you a must-see multimedia experience, based on the theme that “together we are beautiful.” A key part of the BLINK festival.

  • Architects of Air (Washington Park) — Artist Alan Parkinson has created an inflatable walk-through luminarium, sure to delight children and adults of all ages. BLINK’s only ticketed attraction will run during the day, using the natural light to create a spectacular experience for visitors.

  • Our Own Homecoming (119 E. Court St.) — We Have Become Vikings wowed crowds with their work at Lumenocity. They promise more amazement with their installation at BLINK. Using motion graphics, they will animate the gorgeous Charley Harper “Homecoming” mural on Court Street.

  • CAC/Lightborne ( 44 E. Sixth St.) — Local design and video powerhouse Lightborne will use the unique architecture of the Contemporary Arts Center as a canvas for projection mapping. Expect the unexpected!

  • Bright Idea (Freedom Way between Walnut and Main Streets) — Artists Such + Such are bringing a 10-foot wide, 6-foot high Lite-Brite to BLINK.

  • Light Painting Photo Booth (201 E. Fifth St.) — What party is complete without a photo booth? Artist Jonathan Gibson uses long-exposure photography and painting with light tools to let users create their own art.

  • The Annunciation Mural (1725 Pleasant Street) — BLINK commissioned many new murals for our city, and this one, by Xylene Projects, is stunning. It adorns the home of the Franciscan Friars of Over-the-Rhine.

  • Musical performances — BLINK will feature live music over all four nights of the festival in various stages on the route. Make sure you stop to listen to Moonbeau on 10/13, Black Signal on 10/14, and Leggy on 10/15!


COST
FREE! There is only a charge for one attraction, Architects of Air, at Washington Park.


GETTING AROUND
The festival takes place along and near the route of the Cincinnati Bell Connector. Park in your usual favorite spot downtown, and hop on the streetcar. Or, Red Bike the route. Or walk. Or skip, or unicycle… you get the idea!

See you out there!

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For more information, visit BLINK's website.

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