It may seem as if the glow has just dimmed on the first Light City Baltimore, which ended in April. But Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA) is hard at work on the next iteration, including a reformatted conference to accompany the light and innovation festival, with speakers including world-renowned chef Marcus Samuelsson and Pulitzer Prize-winner Siddharta Mukherjee.
The conference is now known as [email protected] City, says BOPA festivals director Kathy Hornig, and encompass two more tracks related to food and education. After getting feedback from conference participants this spring, “we heard them loud and clear that they were looking for formats that were a little more interactive, hands-on, and participatory,” she says.
Light City has also involved several community members, like CEO & owner of Barclay Chris Wilson and Aisha Pew, co-owner of Dovecote Café, to help guide the conferences. “They’re really challenging us to think intentionally about [email protected] City and what we’re trying to accomplish,” Hornig says.
In addition to Samuelsson and Mukherjee—the author of The Emperor of All Maladies—conference speakers include New York Times best-selling author and blogger Luvvie Ajayi and award-winning educator and spoken word poet Donovan Livingston (whose speech at the Harvard Graduate School of Education that went viral this spring.)
[email protected] attendees can purchase tickets for $149 for one lab and $99 for each additional lab. You can also apply for the Light City Luminary Program, which provides assistance to attend the conferences.
Light City attracted more than 400,000 people this past spring, which was its first year. In 2017, the festival will occur from Friday, March 31 through Saturday, April 8. [email protected] will take place over six days, from Monday, April 3 through Saturday, April 8 at the IMET Columbus Center on Pratt Street.
The 2017 iteration will include 24 light art installations at the Inner Harbor, and will expand into neighborhoods including Sandtown-Winchester, Hamilton-Lauraville, and Waverly. The complete schedule of artists and performers will be announced in January 2017.