Cincinnati’s BLINK 2022, A Massive Art and Light Festival, Is Worth The Drive

This story originally ran in LEO Weekly’s sister paper, Cincinnati CityBeat. 

From Oct. 13-16, the BLINK festival will convert 30 blocks of downtown Cincinnati, Over-the-Rhine and Covington into a lineup of literally and figuratively glowing visual, auditory and kinesthetic encounters.

Touting itself as “the nation’s largest light, art and projection-mapping experience,” the streets and structures of Greater Cincinnati will be transformed by way of large-scale new murals, light installations, interactive sculptures, performance art, live entertainment and projection mapping (which casts computer-programmed light, color and animations across three-dimensional surfaces).

Back for the third time since its inception in 2017, attendees can also expect a crowd of 1.3 million people, if 2019’s event numbers are any hint.

Here are the fast facts for this weekend’s BLINK:

Festivities officially kick off at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 13 with an illuminated parade through downtown Cincinnati. The glowing procession — themed “Together: a constellation of shared cultures and unique identities” — will feature 85 different local artists, organizations and students making their way down Fifth Street from Broadway to Elm streets.

Then a new-this-year drone show will take to the skies at 9 and 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 13 and 8 and 10 p.m. Oct. 14-16.

The rest of BLINK will be set up throughout the weekend and is a self-guided experience.

Here’s everything you need to know:

For more BLINK news, visit the CityBeat.com BLINK landing page.


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