What is BLINK?
BLINK is a light and art event that features large-scale architectural projection mapping, light-based sculptures and installations, brand-new murals and interactive art. BLINK spans 20-city blocks in Downtown Cincinnati from the Banks of the Ohio River to Findlay Market.
What is projection mapping?
Projection mapping is the art of turning unusual or irregularly shaped objects – such as buildings – into a video projection surface. Using specialized software, the artist is able to make the space come alive with animations, optical illusions and notions of movement.
Are tickets needed?
No tickets are needed. BLINK is completely free and open to the public!
What are the dates of the event?
The inaugural BLINK event will be held Thursday, October 12 through Sunday, October 15, 2017.
What are the hours?
7:00pm-12am each night.
All shows and exhibits begin at sundown - approximately 7:00pm - and run until midnight. Hospitality areas serving food and beverages will open at 6pm.
There will be a special Summerfair event held at Piatt Park during BLINK. Hours for Summerfair:
Friday, 10/13: 2pm-10pm
Saturday, 10/14: 12pm-10pm
Sunday, 10/15: 12pm-6pm
When is the parade?
More than 2,000 participants, including members of local school, civic and church groups, will illuminate themselves and make their way on Vine Street from Findlay Market to Cincinnati’s Washington Park (just less than a mile). The parade is the official kickoff to BLINK on Thursday, October 12 at 7pm. View the parade route in yellow on the event map.
Do I need to arrive at BLINK at a certain time in order to catch the shows?
No. All projection mapping shows are between 3-10 mins in length and are on a continuous loop so you can arrive at any time.
Is each night the same?
Yes. Each night will feature the same shows and art installations. The only exception is the parade, which only takes place on Thursday at 7pm. The bands and live entertainment also vary each night. View the entertainment lineup.
Do I need to start at a specific location?
No. There is no specific location where you need to start. However, we recommend starting at the Northern most point of the event and working your way south or vice versa. View the event map.
How should I navigate between each installation?
BLINK is designed around the Cincinnati Bell Connector Streetcar route. Guests can walk from each installation and can also take the streetcar and get off at each stop to view installations. Guests can purchase a full-day streetcar pass for $2. Tickets can be purchased via the kiosk at each streetcar stop or purchased ahead of time via the CincyEZ Ride app.
Will there be food and beverages available?
Yes. Food, Pepsi products, water and alcoholic beverages are available in multiple locations throughout the event. You can view hospitality areas on the event map in green.
How can I get involved with or volunteer for BLINK?
From greeting attendees and helping them maneuver throughout the city, to working hands-on with some of the showcased artwork and artists, BLINK has a broad range of volunteer opportunities. View the list of volunteer positions and schedules here.