DLECTRICITY Art and Light Festival in Detroit


Midtown Detroit will be aglow with innovation during the DLECTRICITY art festival. The free two-night event, which is Sept. 26-27, 2014, merges art and architecture – where light, sound and performance come together in a re-imagining of the Woodward Corridor.

While this type of festival is newer to Detroit, similar versions have taken place around the world – and they are known as Nuit Blanche art festivals. Nuit Blanche means "all-nighter" or "white night" in French – and this particular weekend, Nuit Blanche festivals will be held in Paris and New York.

As the sun goes down, families can come see the city in a different light – and enjoy creative art projects and interactive exhibits like shadow puppet shows and arts-and-crafts stations. More than 35 installations will be showcased – including interactive design, animations and video– giving parents the chance to introduce their kids to different forms of art.

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The big event will be a Saturday night "Light Bike Parade" at 8 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to adorn themselves – and their bikes – with illumination in creative ways. Pre-register and you can snag a light kit before the ride to jazz up your wheels.

Prizes will be awarded for the best display of lights in the parade – so be sure to amp it up and get noticed. It starts at Second Street and Warren Avenue, with other events and exhibits happening throughout Midtown.

The two-day festival kicks off 6 p.m.-midnight Friday runs 7 p.m.-3 a.m. Saturday, with Light Bike Parade registration beginning at 6 p.m. and a few artist talks earlier in the day.

See the Metro Parent listing for more on DLECTRICITY at the Midtown Detroit's Woodward Corridor.