BLINK Cincinnati founding partner Brave Berlin has announced it will no longer be involved with the popular arts festival.
This announcement on Facebook came just one day after the festival announced plans to expand into Northern Kentucky and 92 days before for its Oct. 13-16 run.
In the posts, the creative consulting agency stated they would be ending their relationship with other executive partners the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber.
“As we began working on Blink 2022, it became clear to us that our ideas, influence and the creative direction we had to offer was falling on deaf ears or, in some cases, met with open hostility,” read the post.
Since 2017, BLINK has illuminated the Cincinnati area with large-scale projection mapping, murals, interactive light sculptures, live entertainment and more.
Brave Berlin says they and the other founding partners have worked on this project since its inception in 2015, but that there have been issues with this year’s production.
Brave Berlin says their involvement in BLINK has felt “more and more like an honorary courtesy than an active and collaborative partnership,” and since the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber has the lease of the BLINK trademark from the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr. Foundation, they have control over the festival.
“We will always remain extremely proud of Blink. Most of all we are proud and inspired by the people of Greater Cincinnati who have made Blink their own and allow it to transcend our differences as such a beautiful moment of shared humanity,” read the post.
Despite the setback, fans of Brave Berlin’s work should be on the lookout for new projects from the creative consulting agency. “We look forward to developing new opportunities for us all to come together again in celebration,” Brave Berlin said in the Facebook post.
BLINK will take place across 30 blocks in downtown Cincinnati and Covington. Festivities kick off on Oct. 13 with a glowing parade themed after “Together: a constellation of shared cultures and unique identities; we illuminate joy through creative expression.”
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