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Experience thought-provoking light installations from international and local artists, free concerts, local food, award-winning authors and family-friendly experiences.

Light Art

All of the 20 light installations on display along the BGE Light Art Walk this year are brand new to Light City, with distinguished artists hailing from The Netherlands, Portugal, Canada, France, Organ, Washington, D.C. and Baltimore. Many of the artworks have overarching themes related to topics such as sustainability, marine life, Baltimore history, social justice, healthy waterways, transformation and relationships.

Highlights this year include Masters of the Edifice by Ellis Marsalis III, a photographic project that displays in light and sound the city of Baltimore through large photographic reproductions in lightboxes of some of the many painted murals around the city; Loop by Ekumen, designed by Olivier Girouard, Jonathan Villeneuve, and Ottoblix in collaboration with Generique Design, Jérôme Roy and Thomas Ouellet Fredericks and produced by Quartier des Spectacles Partnership, a retro-futuristic machine that is a cross between a music box, a zoetrope and a railway handcar, that creates animated fairy-tales; Radiant Flux by Kevin Blackistone, an interactive piece that explores the many facets of light through an exploration of solar reflection on its faceted mirrored surface during the day and lunar moonbeams at night; and Waterlight Graffiti by Antonin Fourneau an interactive artwork in the form of a wall of thousands of LEDs that are illuminated when they come in contact with water. The artists were chosen by jury from more than 125 applications. See more information about the art and artists.

Literary Salon

Nationally recognized authors, poets, innovators and thought leaders present a series of readings, panel discussions and demonstrations—guaranteed to spark lively conversations and engaging audience Q&As. Learn more about the Authors

Music and Performances

Baltimore Book Festival and Light City present 40+ concerts over the festival’s 10 days and nights. Experience music in a riveting variety of genres. More information to come.

Neighborhood Lights

Light City goes beyond the Inner Harbor with eight branches of the Enoch Pratt Free Library presenting light art, literature, music, STEAM activities and delicious food on different nights during the festival 5-8 p.m. nightly. From HASA’s Silent Disco in The Stacks to drone workshops with Global Air Media, festival-goers shouldn’t miss what fantastic discoveries await #atthepratt! In addition, Words That Light, one of Light City’s light art installations, can be viewed nightly at each branch. From artist Peter Quinn, this light art installation transforms the classic solar-powered road work message boards into short-burst poems that will surprise, delight and inspire people.

Fri., Nov.1 – Central Branch (400 Cathedral St., 21201)
Sat., Nov. 2 – Brooklyn Branch (300 E. Patapsco Ave., 21225)
Mon., Nov.4 – Walbrook Branch (3203 W. North Ave., 21216)
Tue., Nov. 5 – Southeast Anchor Branch (3601 Eastern Ave., 21224)
Wed., Nov. 6 – Forest Park Branch (3023 Garrison Blvd., 21216)
Thu., Nov. 7 – Herring Run Branch (3801 Erdman Ave., 21213)
Fri., Nov. 8 – Northwood Branch (4420 Loch Raven Blvd., 21218)
Sat., Nov. 9 – Orleans Branch (1301 Orleans St., 21231)