BLINK Festival Returning to Cincinnati in October 2019

After tremendous success of the inaugural BLINK in October 2017, the art and lighting spectacle will again be centered in downtown and Over-the-Rhine

click to enlarge Scene from 2017's BLINK - PHOTO: Provided
PHOTO: Provided
Scene from 2017's BLINK

The Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber of Commerce this morning announced that there will be a second BLINK festival, occurring Oct. 10-13, 2019, once again centered in downtown and Over-the-Rhine. Last October's first edition of the outdoor event, which featured large-scale projection mapping, murals by international artists, interactive light sculptures and other entertainment (including an already-legendary parade), drew perhaps as many as one million visitors to the streets over the course of four days and nights, transforming the city. It received several Reader Picks in CityBeat's recent Best of Cincinnati poll — beating out Fiona the Hippo and the Cincinnati Women's March for Best New Thing — and merited two full pages worth of Staff Picks. The organizers say it was the largest gathering of people ever in downtown and Over-the-Rhine.

BLINK is produced by Agar, ArtWorks, Brave Berlin, the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation and the Chamber. In the Chamber's press release, Tim Maloney of the Haile Foundation said, "The spirit of BLINK is the joy we all found in a shared moment of art and light.”

Jill P. Meyer, president and CEO of the Chamber, said, “We look forward to partnering with those leaders and businesses who know this event, like no other, puts Cincinnati on the global map as an innovative, inclusive and creative future city.”

Scroll to read more Visual Arts articles
Join the CityBeat Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state.
Help us keep this coverage going with a one-time donation or an ongoing membership pledge.


Join CityBeat Newsletters

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.