Arts District

Light City U To Feature Conferences On Social Change, National Speakers

Light City Baltimore musical headliners to include Thomas Dolby, DJ Jazzy Jeff.

By Gabriella Souza | February 2, 2016, 4:17 pm

-Courtesy of Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts
Arts District

Light City U To Feature Conferences On Social Change, National Speakers

Light City Baltimore musical headliners to include Thomas Dolby, DJ Jazzy Jeff.

By Gabriella Souza | February 2, 2016, 4:17 pm

-Courtesy of Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts

After the lights dim on the art installations around the Inner Harbor, the innovation part of Light City Baltimore will begin.

Light City U, the daytime conferences that compliment the arts portion of the festival that will run from March 28 through April 2, features four seminars and national names such as AOL co-founder Steve Case, Radiolab’s Jad Abumrad, and Alex Laskey, founder of energy software company OPower. All will focus on answering one question, said Brooke Hall, one of Light City’s founders—“How do we become a more responsible and equitable society?”

The conferences will center on four themes—sustainability, social innovation, creativity, and health—and names with local ties such as Baltimore health commissioner Leana Wen, Wes Moore, and street artist Gaia will also be a part of the discussion.

“We know that Light City U would be the piece of the festival that would set us apart,” Hall said today at an announcement hosted by the Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts (BOPA).

Tickets start at $170 per conference, or $650 for all four. But to ensure all Baltimoreans get the opportunity to attend, regardless of cost, Light City has set aside 20 percent of the tickets, which are available for free to those who fill at an application, Hall said.

In addition to the conference news, BOPA also announced the headliners, who will appear for free each night of the festival. Thomas Dolby will kick off the opening night, and DJ Jazzy Jeff is also on the list, along with final night headliner Dan Deacon and booming local girl TT The Artist.

It will all kick off on March 28 with the Light City Lantern Parade, coordinated by the Creative Alliance, which will stretch from the Maryland Science Center to the Inner Harbor, walking by 50 light art installations and performance stages.

“Light City is a celebration is going to be brilliant, exciting, and so inspirational,” said Karen Blair, vice president of public relations, communications, and brand at Kaiser Permanente, one of the sponsors of Light City U. It’s “a tribute to everything Baltimore is and everything is has the potential to become.”

Click here for an updated lineup of musical and performing acts.




You May Also Like


Arts & Culture

Dan Deacon Makes the City’s Next Great Masterpiece

We talk with the electronic musician about fear, friendship, and his mindful new album.

Arts & Culture

Book Reviews: December 2019

The latest from Judith Krummeck, Donald Ray Schwartz, and Steven Evans



The Chatter

What Did Baltimore Google in 2019?

Here are the topics and trends that got Charm City talking this year.

On The Town

Holiday Markets and Craft Fairs to Shop for Handmade Gifts This Season

Here's where to find one-of-a-kind presents for everyone on your list.

Arts District

The Big Baltimore Playlist: December 2019

The top five local songs you should download right now.

Connect With Us

Most Read


Maryland Politicians React to Trump Impeachment: Local leaders reflect and look ahead at Senate trial.

Gervonta Davis Wins Another World Title Belt, Eyes ‘Big Year’ Ahead: West Baltimore’s own was bruised, but not beaten in longest fight of his pro career.

Maryland Native Maggie Rogers Receives First Grammy Nomination: The singer-songwriter was nominated for “Best New Artist” alongside big-name acts.

Four Key Updates on the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra: Here’s what the BSO has been up to since performances resumed in September.

Maya Rockeymoore Cummings Declares For Late Husband’s Seat: We break down the familiar faces in upcoming special Democratic primary.