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Updated 4:16

The parade that kicks off the Blink festival is moving. The Future City Spectacular parade will start at Eighth Street, and travel south on Vine Street to the Freedom Center on Oct. 10, the first night of the light and art show. The first parade, in 2017, was in Over-the-Rhine.

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Parents call on the Cincinnati Public Schools district to reform its bus system after a series of problems results in students not getting picked up, being dropped off at the wrong stops, and parents frantically trying to find their kids when they didn't come home on time. 

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The 2019 version of Blink will be nearly twice as big as the first event, with more projection mappings, and more murals. Organizers say they won't reveal the light-based installation artists and parade entries until September.

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Organizers of the Blink festival are revealing some Covington features. For the second event, the light and art show will expand across the river with 20 installations, along with other activities and performances.

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The Roebling Suspension Bridge will be a part of the Blink festival this October. The Cincinnati light festival is crossing the river into Covington for its second show and will light up the historic span.

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Updated: 10:18 a.m.  

ArtsWave announced Thursday morning that the pop-up party has been canceled due to weather. The event has not been rescheduled. 

Fans of the Blink light festival will get a taste of what's to come tonight in Over-the-Rhine. A Blink Pop-Up party will take over a parking lot on Clay Street. Cincinnati Chamber spokesman Rich Walburg says it's to mark six months until the real show starts.

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The Blink art festival has already started the search for artists and light installations. Now, the door is open for other performers. Organizers are looking for musicians, bands, singers, buskers, dancers, actors and puppeteers for this October's four-night event.

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ArtWorks is looking for artists for the 2019 Blink festival. Starting Friday, ArtWorks will accept applications and proposals for interactive, light-based installations and sculptures.

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The creators of Blink say the light festival will return in 2019 and will expand to cross the Ohio River. Covington will join Over-the-Rhine, Downtown and The Banks in the four-day event.

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Updated 12:10 p.m.

The light and art show that replaced Lumenocity and attracted an estimated 1 million people to Downtown and Over-the-Rhine will be back, but not until next year. The Cincinnati Regional Chamber says Blink will return in October 2019 with large-scale projection mapping, murals, light sculptures and other entertainment.

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In October, a Cincinnati council majority was ready to end a contract with the company responsible for the streetcar ticket vending machines.  Now that firm says the problems have been addressed and it's offering a three-year extended warranty on the devices.  

Blink Lives On With New Mural Near Findlay Market

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Blink, the community art and light festival, ended in October but its artwork still lives today. This includes a brand new mural that's being painted by an internationally known street artist, ROA, near Findlay Market.

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It was over in a blink of an eye. The community art and light festival, Blink, brought in an estimated one million people to downtown Cincinnati during the weekend.


The Blink festival starts Thursday night in downtown Cincinnati and Over-the-Rhine. The four day light and art show features animated projections, interactive light sculptures, and murals along with music and sound, including a soundscape created especially for the show.


Getting around to see all the exhibits during the Blink festival shouldn't be too hard. That's according to organizers. Cynthia Oxley of the Regional Chamber says there will be 35 light-based installations, 22 projection sites, along with six stages and ten murals, between the Banks and Findlay Market.

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A four-day art display will light up Cincinnati later this month. Blink will feature projecting mapping on different buildings and structures in Over-the-Rhine and Downtown.

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Thousands of people crowded Washington Park to enjoy the sights and sounds of Luminosity during its three-year run. Last year, thousands more enjoyed Luminosity: Re-imagine at the Taft Theatre.


There are new details about one of the displays at Cincinnati's inaugural Blink festival. Architects of Air will set up an exhibit at Washington Park. Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber spokesman Rich Walburg says it's an interactive display of light called a luminarium.

BLINK, coming to Cincinnati in October, is a community light festival that will happen throughout downtown, Over the Rhine and Findlay Market. 

A planned Lumenocity-style light and art festival will span 20 city blocks and four days next October. Organizers say BLINK Cincinnati could attract half a million visitors to Cincinnati from Oct. 12-15, 2017.