Word of Mouth: Cincinnati

The Queen City has much to celebrate, from its significant history to its brilliant future

Founded along the banks of the Ohio River directly across from Kentucky in 1788, Cincinnati is a city steeped in American history. While its archives are decidedly worth exploring—from its role in German beer brewing to its key position in the Underground Railroad—this hilly, Midwestern metropolis keeps one eye on the past with another fixated on its future. October 2017 saw the Queen City present …

“Joining the Dots” at Lumiere, London

An intriguing artwork projected onto the façade of a King's Cross building for the new light festival

Old mining town Durham, in northeast England, may perhaps best be known for its university and for the light festival that the city plays host to every other year. The festival, called Lumiere, is produced by Artichoke, an organization that specializes in producing spectacular art events in public spaces. Following its success in the north, Lumiere is now launching in London—for the first time. And …

2014 Festival of Lights, Lyon

Highlights from the annual four-day event that transforms the French city into a luminous outdoor art gallery

Light festivals—from the spiritually steeped Hindu holiday Diwali to the newer contemporary art-focused events like SIGNAL in Prague—have become much-loved around the world. Regardless of race, religion or geographic location, there’s a shared human awe and appreciation for the beauty of lightness against the backdrop of the nighttime sky. Undeniably, one of the most famous and oldest Festival of Lights isn’t found in the “City …