Your Guide to BLINK 2019

Everything you need to know about BLINK: event info, details on installations, activations, live music, road closures, the best ways to get around and more

click to enlarge BLINK 2017 - Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
BLINK 2017

BLINK is a four-night light and art experience spanning 30 city blocks through Over-the-Rhine, downtown and, new this year, across an illuminated Roebling Bridge into Covington. It is returning to the area by popular demand after the event’s inaugural event in 2017.

Now in its second run, BLINK will kick off on Thursday, Oct. 10 at dusk with a 3,200-participant-led parade down Vine Street. Through Sunday, Oct. 13, the cityscape will be transformed by way of large-scale new murals, light installations, interactive sculptures, performance art, live entertainment and projection mapping — a technique that projects computer-programmed light, color and animations across three-dimensional surfaces. (BLINK runs 7-11 p.m. nightly.)

Produced by local creative agencies Brave Berlin, AGAR and ArtWorks, with support from the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber, the Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation and a number of other sponsors, BLINK was originally conceived as a way to see Cincinnati as a “future city,” a vision outlined in the event’s manifesto. The people of Greater Cincinnati “work and play and draw the light from one another until it outshines the sun,” it reads. “Together they shine with celebration, laughter and labor shared for all the world to see, and in the blink of an eye, their radiance is undeniable.”

Read more about the BLINK festival from its origins in 2017 to what guests can expect at this year's fest in a cover story here.

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