Launched by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in 2016, Light City Baltimore is the first large-scale, international light festival in the United States. In its first year, Light City welcomed more than 400,000 people over seven nights.
Light City is a free festival that transforms Baltimore with large-scale light installations, performances, music and innovation. Central to Light City is the BGE Light Art Walk along Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, featuring more than 50 attractions including illuminated sculptures, projections, interactive technologies, performances, concerts, food vendors and a children’s area.
Light City’s innovation programming generates an ecosystem of ideas and learning during the day – while lights, performances and live music re-imagine Baltimore at night.
Photo: Take To Ro-Bridge of Lights, photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
VIEW THE 2016 FESTIVAL MAP
BALTIMORE OFFICE OF PROMOTION & THE ARTS
The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, produces events and arts programs as well as manages several facilities. It is the official Baltimore City Arts Council. BOPA coordinates Baltimore’s major events including New Year’s Eve and July 4th celebrations at the Inner Harbor, Artscape which is America’s largest free arts festival, Baltimore Book Festival, Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar, School 33 Art Center’s Open Studio Tour and the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade.
Photo: Peacock by Tim Scofield & Kyle Miller with Steve Dalenkoff & Will Cocks, photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
DOWNLOAD THE LIGHT CITY APP
Attendees of the inaugural Light City Baltimore festival are encouraged to download the free app prior to their visit to see all that the festival has to offer including the festival map, schedule and general festival information.
Photo: Blue Hour by New American Public Art, photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
VIEW THE 2016 APP. 2017 APP COMING SOON!
The Inner Harbor is the northern-most end of the Northwest branch of the Patapsco River, which empties into the Chesapeake Bay, home to well over 300 species of fish and birds. Environmental impact is an important consideration to the region, and was reflected in designing artworks for display along its harbor. Many of the installations utilize sustainability as its subject matter and includes sustainability measures. Sustainability measures defined as artwork that is human powered, or work that utilizes solar panels to charge batteries, or one that filters water, or one that utilizes LED technology, etc. Light City will be compiling energy consumption totals for all artworks and performances.
Photo: Mr. Trash Wheel, photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
Light City transforms Baltimore into a global hub of innovation, but we need YOUR HELP to make it possible. Your support enables us to bring together extraordinary art, cutting edge technology and pioneering ideas at Light City. Put your company on the international stage by becoming a partner in this landmark event.
Light City is a non-profit festival managed by Baltimore Office of Promotion & the Arts. Your contributions to Light City may be eligible for a tax deduction. Our dedicated staff provide our sponsors with a maximum level of pre-event marketing, on-site presence and brand affinity.
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Photo: Take To Ro-Bridge of Lights, photo Kinetic Frenetic, courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
Produced by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in partnership with Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic Region, Light City Teen Scholars enables twelve Baltimore City high school sophomores and juniors to gain work experience and professional skills through bi-weekly workshops, a six-week paid internship with Kaiser Permanente and other area employers and a paid position with Light City Baltimore. The 12 selected scholars are from the following area high schools: Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, Baltimore School for the Arts, Baltimore City College, City Neighbors High School, Digital Harbor High, National Academy Foundation, New Era Academy and Patterson High School. The full length of the program is from February through December 2016.
Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts