Spirits were not dampened by a rainy beginning on Friday, and Woodward Avenue was packed on a cool, clear Saturday evening, with people out to experience and enjoy the DLECTRICITY Festival, mirroring the official Blanche Nuit (“White Night”) taking place in Paris, as well as “Bring to Light” in New York City.
Installations ranged from film screenings and projections on buildings, performance pieces, mobile stages and events involving crowd interaction. It seemed wherever you turned, walking down Woodward and the surrounding blocks, there were people and all kinds of venues getting in on the fun, including Be Nice Yoga, People’s Records, the MOCAD (a Knight Arts grantee), DIA and the Cathedral Church of St. Paul, to name a few.
Saturday night also featured the official Bike Light Parade, which featured DIY participants of all ages, as well as the Share Detroit (Rheostat Ride) bike brigade creating an impressive roving neon letter display.
It was heartening to see such an enthusiastic turnout and rigorous participation in DLECTRICITY’s first year. Knowing the audience is out there, one hopes such events will only continue to grow and multiply, in a city with such a surplus of original and available spaces and an abundance of artistic spirits.