By now, we’re sure you’re well aware of Light City Baltimore. It’s been illuminating the city for the last two years, and each year gets better and brighter. This year, the festival of light will be April 6th to the 21st, so that’s two complete weeks of excitement and fun.
There are two primary functions of Light City, and they’ve appropriately nicknamed them the Brains and the Beauty. There’s the nightly entertainment that features lights, illuminated sculptures, performances, musical shows, vendors and children’s activities, which is the Beauty. Then there are daytime events that feature the Labs@Light City, which allow people to explore, learn and network with other innovators and creators. The labs are broken down into seven segments: Education, Green, Arts, Social, Health, Makers and Food. This portion of the festival is dubbed the Brains.
Some of this year’s Labs@Light City speakers include Mateo Blu, an artist and former NFL player, Kyle Pompey, a street photographer, Art Smith, a renowned chef, and Lester Spence, an Africana Studies professor at Johns Hopkins University.
Neighborhood Lights, a segment of the festival, kicks everything off on April 6th, and will feature original work from Baltimore-based artists in several chosen neighborhoods. Laure Drogoul, for example, will represent the Little Italy neighborhood in her performance art. She’s known to create work that includes the audience and makes them active participants in her shows. Fun!
If you’re coming into town for the festival and need a hotel for Light City Baltimore, the Holiday Inn Express At The Stadiums is the best option. We’re not only near downtown Baltimore and all of the excitement, but we’re offering a special package just for you. Book with us for the festival, and you’ll get goodies like a $25 Lyft gift card, a $25 Gallery Harbor Mall gift card, an official Light City t-shirt and more!
In its first year, Light City welcomed nearly half a million people to Baltimore from all across the world. It’s presented by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, and it “strives to mirror the rich diversity of Baltimore City while emphasizing cultural equity.”