Art & Music Festival April 14-21

Launched by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts in 2016, Light City is the first large-scale, international light festival in the United States. In its first year, Light City welcomed more than 400,000 people from across the globe 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.  
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BOPA thanks the Allens as the founding visionaries of Light City.

The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts, Inc. strives to mirror the rich diversity of Baltimore City in our staffing and programming while emphasizing cultural equity.  Cultural equity embodies the values, policies, and practices that ensure that all people-including but not limited to those who have been historically underrepresented based on race/ethnicity, age, ability, sexual orientation, gender, socioeconomic status, geography, citizenship status, or religion-are represented in the development of arts policy; the support of artists; the nurturing of accessible, thriving venues for expression; and the fair distribution of programmatic, financial, and informational resources.

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Light City 2018 BGE Light Art Walk Jurors

Project Portfolio 2018

Each year, Light City receives over one hundred proposals from artists interested in producing work for the festival. Some of these proposals are of new work, previously unseen; some proposals are for works fabricated from outside Baltimore.  

Light City is only able to realize approximately twenty to thirty projects each festival, or roughly 20% of what the festival receives through its open Call for Entry.   

Artists spend a significant amount of time planning, sketching out and budgeting for their projects. To support this work, Light City publishes this portfolio to share the work, in the hopes that we can continue to support the exhibition of these projects through support from our local partners, venues and stakeholders. 

View the portfolio here.