Summer-like temperatures return for a second night of ideal strolling weather as Midtown Detroit shines, blinks and glows during the outdoor Dlectricity festival from 7 p.m. until midnight Saturday. The forecast is for 70 degrees as the free event starts.
An 8-10 p.m. bike parade will feature three groups of participants (quick, moderate, family) starting the four-mile route from Wayne State to the Max concert hall at different times. Register here or from 6-8 p.m. on site. Here are more details on the ride:
Bring a decked-out bike or grab a light kit at the event. Volunteers will show how to add light and creativity.
There will be awards for the brightest bike and best helmet.
Parading starts from WSU's Parking Lot 54 at the southeast corner of Second and Warren Avenues.
Wheelhouse Detroit will provide free bike valet storage so riders can see the displays on foot.
In addition, more than 35 illuminated presentations brighten Woodward between the Detroit Institute of Arts and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's concert hall. with "installations of light, video, performance, interactive engineering and other unexpected works of art," as organizers put it in a handout
Dlectricity will feature artists from Australia, Canada, Germany, Italy, Poland and Sweden, as well as New York, Boston and Detroit’s own art community also will be well represented.
Dlectricity is modeled after other Nuit Blanche festivals known for bringing the best of contemporary light and technology-based arts to the streets of major cities like Paris, Rome, Toronto, Minneapolis and New York.
Facades of the DIA and Detroit Public Library main branch serve as giant "screens" for projected laser images. A 28-page program guide is here as a PDF, and a promo video is below.
Dlectricity began in 2012. Its news release quotes Michelle Perron of the College for Creative Studies, who heads a committee that chose presenters from among applicants:
“The city’s cultural center will literally light up with the creative energy that continues to put Detroit on the map with international artists and visitors."
-- Alan Stamm