When the first iteration of Blink had come and gone in late 2017, the Greater Cincinnati area remained aglow with pride and wonderment for weeks after. But for as great of a showcase the festival was to visitors from all over, it wasn’t a complete display of the area surrounding downtown.


Blink’s return—October 10 through 13—has rectified that by spanning the Roebling Bridge into Covington, where several blocks on Madison Avenue will be alight with art, projection mapping and light installations.


“The projections and installations along Madison in Covington—it is so dense with art and light I think that this is a chance for hundreds of thousands of people to rediscover how incredible Covington is,” says Brendon Cull, senior vice president and chief operating officer of the Cincinnati USA Regional Chamber. The chamber is partnered with Agar, ArtWorks, Brave Berlin and The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile Jr. Foundation to handle the production of Blink 2019.


While the path from the riverfront to the resurgent area of Madison around Hotel Covington and Braxton Brewing will be the main focal point of Blink’s presence on the south bank, there will plenty of other happenings showcasing Covington to attendees.


Saturday night will feature a free concert performed by international pop act Grouplove in the RiverCenter parking lot, made possible by Corporex. There, visitors will also find a brand-new mural created by Xylene and animated by light projection from Brave Berlin.


In addition, two major landmarks will be artistically lit up for the weekend. The Ascent building will be illuminated with animation and light, providing a beacon that will draw people to the Covington portion of Blink. Meanwhile, the Roebling Bridge itself will become an art fixture of light and sound making the landmark and the river below it shine and sing. Through collaboration with many partner organizations, including Erlanger’s Vincent Lighting and the Milburn Foundation, the bridge will be animated by a Brave Berlin light projection and stand as a symbol of how Greater Cincinnati’s growth isn’t just limited to downtown and Over-the-Rhine.


“People who live in Covington are really proud of it,” says Cull of the new businesses and attractions in the Northern Kentucky city, “as they should be because there’s just so much going on.”


Of course, Blink will have a dizzying array of light shows, art and interactive fixtures on the Ohio side of the river as well. Attendees can hop across the bridge on a free Oggo cab to Smale Park and participate in a light battle powered by stationary bikes, check out Dodecalis—the new Architects of Air installation—at Washington Park and stroll around the city or take the streetcar to see all the lights and sounds that Blink has in store.


But for now, Covington prepares for its moment in the spotlight during Blink 2019 and its residents are excited to show over a million people what makes their home a unique and special part of Greater Cincinnati.


“We’re grateful,” Cull says. “Everybody in Northern Kentucky has embraced this.”