Light City 2018 Spans Three Weekends
Baltimore’s international festival of light, music and innovation returns for its third year April 14-21, with Neighborhood Lights taking place April 6-8.
Light City—a free, uniquely Baltimore festival—will once again transform Baltimore into a hub of local and international art and innovation with large-scale light installations, performances, music and social change conferences.
Launched in 2016, Light City Baltimore is the first large-scale, international light festival in the United States. The 2017 festival was estimated to have attracted more than 470,000 attendees. Central to Light City is the 1.5-mile BGE Light Art Walk along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, featuring attractions such as illuminated sculptures, projections, interactive technologies, performances, concerts, food vendors and a dedicated children’s area.
Previous art installations have included illuminated seesaws, a giant house of lighted cards, a shimmering peacock and a towering, multisensory egg-shaped honeycomb called OVO. Selected works are by artists from places such as Baltimore, New York, Canada, Belgium, Palestine, Lebanon, France, the United Kingdom and the Netherlands.
Musical performances were centralized at the Inner Harbor Amphitheater at Pratt and Light streets, and featured regional and national acts like rapper Biz Markie, New Orleans-based Dirty Dozen Brass Band, jam band Papadosio, and six-piece Latin rock band Ozomatli. Additional performances have included fire dancers, puppetry and fashion shows. Stay tuned for the 2018 performance schedule.
Festival-goers are able to experience Light City outside the Inner Harbor by visiting neighborhood communities collaborating with artists-in-residence to create Neighborhood Lights installations. This year's 12 participating neighborhoods are: Baybrook/Curtis Bay, Belair-Edison, Bromo Tower Arts & Entertainment District, Federal Hill, Hamilton-Lauraville, Highlandtown, Hollins Roundhouse/Southwest Baltimore, Locust Point, Patterson Park, Pigtown/Washington Village, Remington and Waverly. See more information about the Neighborhood Lights artists.
Daily innovation conferences during [email protected] April 18-21 at the IMET Columbus Center feature speakers discussing social change in the industries of education, social, green, health, arts & culture, makers and food. New speakers for 2018 include celebrity chef Art Smith, CEO of Crisis Text Line and former CEO of Do Something Inc. Nancy Lublin, Art-Activist and former professional football player Aaron Maybin, artist and owner of Fix Baltimore Keith “K.C.” Cooper and renowned artist and former NFL player Mateo Blu. New this year, [email protected] introduces “Pay What You Can” ticketing. The new ticket model is reflective of Light City’s goal to be accessible to all, regardless of ability to pay. To register to attend [email protected], visit www.mt.cm/labslightcity.