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BLINK, the nation’s largest light and art event, transforms Cincinnati, October 12-15. The event spans more than 20 city blocks from Cincinnati’s vibrant riverfront through its central business district and historic Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, illuminating a U.S. city like never before.

As with popular international light festivals such as Vivid Sydney, Lumiere London and Germany’s Luminale, hundreds of pioneering local, national and international artists are commissioned to unleash their creativity and engage event-goers with magical, light-based experiences. Buildings will become light spectacles, wall murals will come to life through light animation, and through an immersive experience, BLINK will define Cincinnati as an innovative, inclusive and creative future city.

BLINK highlights include:

• An opening night light parade, Thursday, October 12, 7 p.m. around Cincinnati’s Washington Park.

• Cincinnati’s National Underground Railroad Freedom Center will depict “What Freedom Means” based on submissions from a nationwide student art contest.

• Some of the world’s most popular and acclaimed street artists, including Ana Maria (Puerto Rico), Roa (Belgium), Bicicleta Sam Freio (Brazil), D*Face (UK), Demsky (Spain), Ernest Zacharevic  (Lithuania) and Saner (Mexico), will create nine new murals on Cincinnati’s Pleasant Street.

• Dozens of interactive light installations from illuminated seesaws and a 40-foot-wide LED peacock to a “pool” of touch pads that emit light based on user steps, and more.

• Architects of Air, a giant, walk-through sculpture and luminarium complete with tunnels and domes for exploring (There is a $5 charge for this attraction only)

BLINK is free and open to the public, and will run 7:15p.m.-midnight each night of the four-night event. BLINK is accessible by foot, the Cincinnati Bell Connector streetcar and the Red Bike bike-sharing system.

BLINK is produced by Cincinnati-based Agar, ArtWorks, Brave Berlin, The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.

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