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BLINK Light Show to Expand to Include Covington

BLINK, the large-scale light show involving projection mapping, murals, urban artscapes, media light, interactive art, and other entertainment will expand to include Covington in 2019.

The festival drew more than 1 million people to Cincinnati last year.

Organizers and promoters made the announcement Wednesday.

BLINK is produced by The Agar, ArtWorks, Brave Berlin, the Carol Ann and Ralph V Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, and the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.

ArtsWave is the presenting sponsor.

“ArtsWave is delighted to take a major role in the 2019 return of BLINK. With the help of tens of thousands of donors every year, we’ve been investing in Cincinnati’s arts, creativity and innovation for decades,” says Alecia Kintner, ArtsWave president & CEO. “The ArtsWave Campaign forms the foundation for the quality and variety of cultural experiences that our region enjoys today, including events like BLINK that connect and enliven our community through the arts.”

“How do you make the biggest event of its kind in the nation even bigger? Well, we decided to literally make it even bigger,” said Dan Reynolds, owner & partner of Brave Berlin, one of the producers of BLINK. “We’re so flippin’ excited to share that BLINK, in October of 2019, will expand to include a new zone in Northern Kentucky. We’re still working out many of the details, but we can tell you that BLINK will wind from our beautiful Roebling Bridge to Seventh and Madison in Covington. How cool is that?”

“BLINK continues to put Cincinnati on the global map as a creative, innovative and inclusive future city,” said Jill P. Meyer, president and CEO of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. “Cincinnati innovates through collaboration and we continue to look for partnerships with businesses that are committed to growing the vibrancy of our region.”

Other investors and supporters have also been announced. They include The Carol Ann and Ralph V Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation, BLINK’s founding sponsor; Procter and Gamble, the Banks Zone Sponsor; Fifth Third Foundation, the Central Business District Zone Sponsor; Jacob G. Schmidlapp Trust, the Over the Rhine Zone Sponsor; Skyline Chili, the BLINK Light Parade Sponsor and numerous others including the Cincinnati USA Convention and Visitors Bureau, Cincinnati Bell, Scripps, Citi, Duke Energy, Bartlett Wealth Management, Al. Neyer, and the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.

Learn more about BLINK at blinkcincinnati.com.

-Staff report

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