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:
- Hours are 7-11 p.m. nightly from Oct. 13-16
- Admission is free (except for the Architects of Air inflatable luminarium)
- 101 installations will be spread across the city, from Findlay Market to Covington (see the official map)
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:
- 10 Must-See BLINK Installations and Activations
- The Official Map to All 101 BLINK Experiences
- The Best Ways to Get Around BLINK
- Road Closures You Need to Know About
- What to Eat at the Asianati Night Market Pop-Up
- How to Watch the Official Illuminated Kick-Off Parade
- And the Unofficial BRIGHT Ride Bike Parade
- When to See This Year’s Glowing Drone Show
- A Primer on this Year’s BLINK, from New Leadership to Live Music
For more BLINK news, visit the CityBeat.com BLINK landing page.
Keep Louisville interesting and support LEO Weekly by subscribing to our newsletter here. In return, you’ll receive news with an edge and the latest on where to eat, drink and hang out in Derby City.