What is This Light City Thing Anyway?

You’ve probably seen your Instagram and Facebook feeds blowing up with Light City images all week. This festival is bringing literal light and brightness to a city that is on the edge of something great. I can’t even begin to describe what this festival means to me or for this city, but I’ll quote Thomas Dolby from the Light City U Creative Conference, “what is going on in Baltimore today sets the stage for a beautiful resurgence.” 

If you haven’t had a chance to check it out yet, here are a few photos from what I’ve enjoyed so far this week. But please, come out tonight or tomorrow to see the festival and the community with your own eyes.

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The Big Wheel: Ride high above Light City on a LED Ferris wheel (Special thanks to Sherwood Amusements).

Lumen presented by Kaiser Permanente: created by Kristin McWharter and Steven Lymana, it is a visual art installation, performance, and interactive community space that allows users to draw with light across the Baltimore city landscape. Each night of the festival, Lumen invites local muralists and festival attendees to contribute to an illuminated 100’ fluorescent mural wall.

The Creative Alliance Light City Lantern Parade kicked off the Light City festival on Monday. The parade f music performances by 901 Arts Drumline, Tongue N Cheek, Twilighters Marching Band, N Full Motion Marching Band and Mariachi Rey Azteca.

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(Left) Michael Owen, Tony Byrd and Jay Herzog put on a live 30-minute performance every night, featuring light, dance, sound, and paint in a life-size diorama.

(Right) Diamonds Light Baltimore presented by Legg Mason: created by Cheon and Kroiz, Artist and Architect Collaborative, complete with 15 LED Diamond sculptures.

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Dear Baltimore: Thick Air Studios from Detroit created letters that float above bicycles. As they join together, they spell out various phrases composed of the letters from “Dear Baltimore.”

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Dunson, a Baltimore hip hop artist, played at the Harbor East stage on Friday night. 
Like I said earlier, it’s not too late to see it with your own eyes. Get out there tonight or tomorrow!



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