• Tue. Dec 6th, 2022

Contributed by ArtsWave

Blink, the outdoor art, light and culture festival, is back Oct. 13-16 from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., bringing 101 installations spanning 30 city blocks, including large-scale projection mappings, murals and interactive light sculptures and art. The city will literally be glowing — from luminous facades to twinkling alleyways. 

This year’s event will return under new leadership. Justin Brookhart has been named the executive director of Blink Cincinnati. Brookhart has more than 15 years of working in the private sector and nonprofit group leadership experience in the arts and culture space and leads the collaborative of producing partners, including AGAR, ArtWorks, Brave Berlin, the Haile Foundation and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.

Blink is free to the public all weekend long.

Organizers of the glowing lights adventure released the official installation map for 2022. There are 101 installations that span over 30 city blocks from Cincinnati into Covington.

Several Cincinnati landmarks will be featured, including Fountain Square, TQL Stadium, the Freedom Center and more.

Blink Cincinnati map. Provided

The festival is joining with Sky Elements Drone Shows to put on its first-ever drone show at Smale Riverfront Park. The drone show, put on by altafiber, will happen twice each night of the festival, and it will be 10 minutes long and feature 300 drones. The first show will take place on Oct. 13 at 8 p.m. and be repeated twice each night over the weekend.

BLINK offering self-guided walking tour through smartphone app. The tour will feature 10 stops on a 1.5-mile loop that individuals can do at their own pace anytime during the festival. Each stop offers an immersive experience, curated exclusively by the artist.

The tour can be obtained through a $10 donation and accessed at any point during Blink. Donors will receive download instructions immediately after their purchase. The guided tour can be played on any Apple or Android smartphone.

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All proceeds from the tours will fund thousands of local arts like Blink, festivals, performances and more.

Vendors include Asianati, which will open an Asian Night Market from 6 to 11 p.m. Oct. 13-17 at Court Street Plaza, with the smells and Asian street-style food. The market will include items from more than 10 Asian restaurants around Cincinnati.

All garages outside the Blink footprint are open at event pricing.

Metro and Tank will offer fare-free rides beginning at 6 p.m. on Oct. 13 through 16. All rides on both transportation networks, including direct routes to Blink, will be free. Direct routes to Blink will be available via four Park and Ride locations. These Park and Ride locations will drop attendees off at the Riverfront Transit Center for both Metro and TANK. TANK will also offer service to the Covington Transit Center. The four park and rides will be located at Cincinnati State, Cincinnati Public Schools Board of Education, UC Digital Futures Building and Northern Kentucky University. City streets within the Blink footprint will be closed during the event.

Those attending the event are encouraged to leave their furry friends at home due to large crowds.