Theo Hayes, WBAL-TV 11
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Light, art, music, food and literature will all come together this year as the Baltimore Book Festival and Light City unite for the first “Brilliant Baltimore.”
A piece of light art with movement, sound and creativity called “Keyframes” by Groupe Laps from France has been shown all over the world. They’re putting it up on the Baltimore Department of Public Works’ pumping station building in preparation for the big event.
“We give the impression of movement, and there is also sound. It’s telling a little story, like a cartoon on the scale of the building,” artist Thomas Veussiere said.
The art installment is just one from dozens of artists working together for “Brilliant Baltimore.” The annual city events are collaborating this year, bringing 19 art installations, 200 authors, 10 literary stages, 45 concerts and 15 food and beverage vendors together.
“We thought combining it with the Book Festival would make such a unique, one-of-a-kind event that would inspire people with these great authors and panel discussions and conversations during the day, and then all the light art comes out at night,” said Kathy Hornig, chief operating officer of the Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts and the festival’s director.
The main setting for the event is at the Inner Harbor, but some neighborhoods will light up. Check Brilliant Baltimore’s schedule for where concerts and authors will be. The 10-day free event promises something for all ages.
“We want folks to feel illuminated and inspired. We want them to come together in joy and celebration, make memories, make tradition and have an experience like no other,” Hornig said.
“Brilliant Baltimore” runs from Nov. 1 to 10.