Free light festival returns to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor March 31-April 8, 2017
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announces the return of Light City, the nation’s first large-scale light, music and innovation festival to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor Friday, March 31 through Saturday, April 8, 2017.
For nine consecutive nights, the free public festival will redefine what is possible in the public realm by transforming Baltimore into an interactive playground of light art installations, activities for the whole family, concerts and performances. The festival is open from 7-11pm on weeknights and until midnight on the weekends.
Building on the success of the inaugural festival that brought more than 400,000 visitors and $33.8 million in economic impact to Baltimore, Light City 2017 promises to be even bigger, bolder and brighter with brand new installations and experiences. Central to Light City is the BGE Light Art Walk, a 1.5-mile trail along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor featuring illuminated artworks, performances, music, locally sourced food concepts, a children’s area and maker tents. Of the 23 light installations on display, 21 are brand new to Light City with ten brand new commissions making their debut at Light City. Two “crowd favorites” from last year are returning for 2017: The Peacock by Tim Scofield and Kyle Miller and The Pool [Reflect] by Jen Lewin.
With a distinguished roster of local, national and international artists, seven countries will be represented at Light City including the UK, France, Canada, Germany, the Netherlands, Lebanon and Israel.
New for 2017: A new line-up of performances and concerts, nightly themed kick-offs called “nightly moments” including fireworks on the final night, a themed food and beverage program, new light installations in eight Baltimore City neighborhoods through Neighborhood Lights, Light City’s immersive community artist-in-residence program, a program to illuminate downtown buildings and attractions called “Brilliant Baltimore” and a youth education component called “Youth Labs.” During the day, the Labs@LightCity innovation conference takes place over six days Monday, April 3 through Saturday, April 8 at the IMET Columbus Center at 701 E. Pratt Street. Labs@LightCity brings together innovators, thought leaders and inspired citizens from diverse backgrounds in six industries: Health, Design, Social, Green, Education and Food to explore concepts for sparking social change.
New this year, Labs@LightCity sessions will be more interactive, hands-on and include more participatory two-way interactive dialogue. Some of the confirmed speakers for Labs@LightCity include New York Times best-selling author and blogger Luvvie Ajayi, Founder of Food Tank Danielle Neirenberg, Pulitzer Prizewinning scientist Siddhartha Mukherjee, author and columnist D. Watkins, International Chef, Author and Restaurateur Marcus Samuelsson, Co-founder of O’Reilly Media & CEO of Maker Media Dale Dougherty, CEO and Strategist Nilofer Merchant, Award-winning Educator and spoken word poet Donovan Livingston and New York Times best-selling author Alec Ross.
To purchase tickets or to register for a no-cost ticket, visit www.lightcity.org/labs. Light City also includes… Neighborhood Lights Baltimore has always been a city of neighborhoods, with each one offering its own history, culture and flavor.
This year, the magic of Light City will extend to eight distinct neighborhoods through an immersive community artist-in-residence program, Neighborhood Lights. Artists and community groups will design and develop a collaborative illuminated piece reflecting the personality of participating neighborhoods. Neighborhoods and their resident partner artists are listed below: Hampden: Isaac Ewart Hamilton Lauraville: Maura Dwyer Station North:Wickerham and Lomax Little Italy: Laure Drogul Coldstream Homestead Montebello: Jonathan Taube Waverly: Jose Andres Rosero-Curet Sandtown-Winchester:Mailaika Aminata Clements Greater Mondawmin: April Danielle Lewis and Labbodies .
For more information, visit www.lightcity.org/neighborhood-lights Mini Light City From 5-8pm nightly at the Kaufman Pavilion, families can visit Mini Light City for hands-on, illuminated craft activities in a youth makers’ tent, children’s entertainers and performing artists, music and whimsical snacks.
Light City Music Every night at the Light Up the Night! Music & Performance Stage at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater, music at Light City invites the world to experience Baltimore’s talented music scene. Uniquely curated live concerts each night feature local, regional and national acts such as Biz Markie, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Papadosio and Ozomatli.
Illuminated Performing Arts Starting at 5pm nightly, Light City’s performances warm the space and delight crowds at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater and along the BGE Light Art Walk. Performances feature fire choreography, illuminated stilt walkers, illuminated puppets and projections, dance, and a roving bicycle performance by Squonk Opera.
Nightly Moments Festivities kick off on opening night with an Light City Opening Night Parade by Creative Alliance followed by themed celebrations at 8pm each night including illuminated public workouts, bike parties and more. On the last two nights of Light City, Pittsburgh’s critically acclaimed Squonk Opera will create a pageant of double-decker human powered stages to create post-industrial performances with original music, design and stages.
Locally-Sourced Food & Beverage Program Light City will showcase Baltimore’s creative culinary community with themed food concepts such as an Asian street food concept with participation from the likes of Phil Han of Dooby’s and Ekiben in Fell’s Point, a sustainable seafood concept and more. Locally distilled spirits made with Sagamore Spirit Rye and local breweries will be featured in the beverage offerings and a signature cocktail will be created by the Baltimore Bartenders Guild.
The YouthLabs@LightCity: The YouthLabs@LightCity will take place in five offsite locations and are an opportunity for Baltimore City Public School teens with identified interests to attend a lab designed specifically for them with a speaker from an aligned Lab@LightCity and educational partner. The teens will have a hands on activity designed by the educational partner in collaboration with BOPA that pertains to a theme presented by the guest speaker, a brief presentation from the speaker, time to converse with the speaker, lunch, and a goodie bag with a signed copy of the speaker’s book and Light City swag.
Brilliant Baltimore Brilliant Baltimore is an initiative spearheaded by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, to encourage local businesses to light their buildings during Light City. In an effort to make Downtown Baltimore and the surrounding neighborhoods vibrant for the festival, we encourage local businesses, institutions, garages, residential buildings, marinas, universities and neighbors, to use the Light City colors to light up their building façade and landscaping in colored lights. The goal is to have our city shine and generate civic pride by participating and creating an even more spectacular annual event for Baltimore.
WAVE AND PARTICLE at School 33 Art Center: On view through Saturday, April 15, 2017 School 33 Art Center Main Gallery, 1427 Light Street Gallery hours: Wednesday through Saturday from 11am to 4pm A group exhibition featuring sculptural light explorations by Tommy Bobo, Katie Duffy, Jenn Figg & Matthew McCormack, Karen Lemmert, Scott Pennington, and Rachel Schmidt; curated by Melissa Webb. www.school33.org