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Interactive Light Festival to brighten Indianapolis Downtown Canal

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At only one event this summer can festival-goers see themselves projected onto the façade of an Indianapolis landmark; witness illuminated “icebergs” floating in the canal; groove at a soulful silent disco; and become part of a black light coral reef among other electrifying experiences. That event? IN Light IN, a dazzling, free, two-night interactive light festival, from 8:52 p.m. to 1:02 a.m., Friday, Aug. 26, and Saturday, Aug. 27.

More than 20 artists and performers from Indianapolis and beyond will illuminate the Downtown Canal and The Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick (along Walnut Street) at the event produced by Central Indiana Community Foundation, in partnership with Northern Lights.mn, to honor The Indianapolis Foundation’s 100th anniversary.

IN Light IN highlights include:

Daily Tous Les Jours, Montreal, Québec:

The U.S. debut of McLarena, an interactive installation that encourages attendees to imitate a dance sequence. Their movements will be projected on the façade of a building in the Zesco.com parking lot.

PATTERN, Indianapolis, IN:

Indy’s most talented fashion designers partner with PATTERNto turn the Downtown Canal into a roving fashion showcase featuring light-based couture.

Tiffany Carbonneau and Susanna Crum, Louisville, KY:

Carbonneau and Crum will pay homage to Bethel A.M.E, Indianapolis’ oldest African American church with a site-specific video projection onto the 147-year-old building, celebrating its significance and history.

YesYesNo, Brooklyn, NY

Artist collective YesYesNo will transform the Scottish Rite Cathedral into an interactive playground with Night Lights/Funky Forms. Attendees will become performers as their body and hand movements are projected across the Cathedral’s iconic architecture, , bringing  it to life.

BareBones Productions and the Illuminated Reef Collective, Minneapolis, MN

Attendees will leave land behind, figuratively, as they immerse themselves in a black light coral reef, borrowing an illuminated sea creature and interacting with fellow deep sea dwellers in the space.

IN Light IN is sponsored by The Indianapolis Foundation, Efroymson Family Fund, Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL), Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, Lilly Endowment and many other generous sponsors.

Don’t miss the most illuminating event of the summer. More information about IN Light IN, including an event map and details about the 20 plus artists and performers featured at the festival, can be found at inlightinfestival.org.

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