October 04, 2016
BLINK to illuminate Cincinnati, October 2017
The creative side of BLINK will be directed by three of Cincinnati’s most talented creative groups: AGAR, a cultural activation agency and organizers of Ubahn, the popular annual underground music festival; ArtWorks, known for their city-wide mural program and major public art projects; and Brave Berlin, the creatives behind Lumenocity with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra in Washington Park over the last three summers. The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, organizers of Taste of Cincinnati and Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, will lead the operations of the event. The Haile Foundation is a Founding Sponsor of BLINK, which is estimated to cost $3 million to produce.
“BLINK is an experiential, light-based sculpture, performance, projection mapping event that will transform Cincinnati on a scale like we have never seen,” said Tim Maloney, President & CEO of The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation. “Based on other national and international light festivals we have benchmarked, we expect 500,000 people to visit our downtown to enjoy the BLINK experience.”
Spanning 20 city blocks from The Banks to Findlay Market, BLINK will be programmed in four zones: The Banks, Central Business District, Over-the-Rhine and Findlay Market. Each zone will feature a range of installations and artists—local and international, who will create large-scale projection mapping and murals on prominent downtown buildings to smaller-scale, street level sculptures. Blink will feature dozens of large-scale architectural projection mapping locations throughout the city, the same art form that brought Music Hall to life during Lumenocity.
“BLINK is a major community collaborative to shine a light on Cincinnati as a creative and forward-thinking city,” said Dan Reynolds, co-founder of Brave Berlin. “As we create the artistic programming for BLINK, we plan to involve and highlight our local creative community to participate on a variety of levels. We are also seeking a host of sponsors to join the Haile Foundation and support BLINK in its inaugural year.”
Organizers of BLINK have benchmarked major light festivals, literally around the world, for inspiration. They include (with annual attendance figures of visitors): Light City Baltimore (400,000), Lumiere London (one million), Vivid Sydney (1.7 million), Berlin Festival of Lights (two million) and Fetes des Lumieres Lyon (three million).
“BLINK will put Cincinnati on the map with this homegrown event to feature our arts and design community,” said Jill Meyer, President & CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. “Visitors to our downtown will be inspired and engaged by this new art form spotlighting our progressive city.”
For information on getting involved with BLINK, visit www.BLINKCincinnati.com.