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Baltimore's Large-scale Light, Music and Innovation Festival Returns for 2017

Light City, a new immersive international festival of bright lights and big ideas launched in Baltimore, Maryland on March, 2016. The free seven-day event featured free entertainment including 29 large-scale original works of light art, plus more than 50 concerts, 100 performances. It's returning Friday, March 31 through Saturday, April 8, 2017.

The featured artists were selected by a panel of jurors from more than 200 entries with artists chosen from across the globe including artists from Canada, Spain, Australia and the United Kingdom. During the day visitors attended ticketed innovation conference called Light City U.

Light City featureed something for everyone as the city becomes a beacon of light. Attendees interacted with unique lighted art along a 1.2-mile waterfront art walk showcasing light displays and structures, video projections, interactive light installations and strolling performances. Uniquely curated musical performances from classical to alternative entertained festival attendees on two stages.

Let It Shine -- Highlights of Light City 2017

BGE Light Art Walk:

Central to Light City, this 1.2-mile trail along Baltimore's Inner Harbor will feature illuminated sculptures, projections, interactive technologies, performances, concerts, food vendors and a children's area. Festivities will kick off with a Light City Lantern Parade and follow with night themed experiences throughout the week.

Labs@Light City:

During the day, Light City's ticketed innovation conferences will bring together innovators and thought leaders across key industries to explore ways to spark social change.

Neighborhood Lights:

This immersive community artist-in-residence program will extend the magic of Light City Baltimore to eight neighborhoods throughout Baltimore City including Hampden, Station North, Little Italy, Coldstream Homestead Montebello, Waverly, Sandtown-Winchester, and Greater Mondawmin.

Light City is a powerful tie to the city's history and the future. It was 200 years ago in 1816 when Baltimore was the first city in the United States to suggest illuminating its streets with hydrogen gas lanterns. Within three years, the first gaslight in the country was established in Baltimore -- revolutionizing the urban landscape and forever transforming cities across the country with light. Two centuries later, Light City Baltimore will give visitors a chance to experience why the city was long considered a guiding light of imagination.

It will return for 2017.

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