2012 Release

Brite WINTER: Saturday, February 18, 2012, 5-10pm Ohio City (W26th and Bridge Ave)

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Brite WINTER: Cleveland’s Third Annual Winter, Art, and Music Celebration:

The community-organized Brite WINTER festival takes place at West 26th    and Bridge Avenue, in Ohio City, on Saturday February 18th from 5-10pm. Entrance is free and open to the public.

CLEVELAND, Ohio (January 25th, 2012) For three years running, Brite WINTER has gathered members of the Cleveland Arts community to create a glowing outdoor celebration of music, art, fire and light. The festival is free to the public, supported by in kind and cash donations from corporate sponsors, university student groups, and individuals who agree with the simple mission of celebrating winter. In 2012, the volunteer steering committee has chosen a new site in the Ohio City neighborhood, just west of downtown Cleveland. On Saturday, February 18th, a portion of Bridge Avenue, between West 26th and West 25th street, will be closed and occupied with an outdoor stage, bonfires, participatory art projects, light art installations, quirky games, and food vendors. With the move to Ohio City, neighborhood businesses have contributed their time, talent, space, and creativity for Brite WINTER to extend to 5 venues for temporary art installations, an additional 8 venues for free music performances, and 10 venues with offers or special programming for festival goers.

Music: Brite WINTER features an outdoor stage where bands (Bad Veins, Tom Evanchuck & the Old Money, Black Taxi, Lighthouse & the Whaler, Bethesda) will play a block party style concert to attendees huddled around bonfires in the heart of the city from 5-10pm. There will simultaneously be 8 other venues (Joy Machines Bike Shop, Bon Bon Pastry & Cafe, Garage Bar, Touch Supper Club, Great Lakes Brewing Company, Market Avenue Wine Bar, Dragonfly Lounge, and Franklin Circle Christian Church) where over 30 more music performances will be held during the festival. All of the music programming has been curated and organized by the Brite Winter Steering Committee with assistance from Bad Racket Recording Studio, The Grog Shop and The Beachland Ballroom.

Art and Games: These things exist in a category together because Brite WINTER features participatory art and games as well as visual displays. Art and games are temporary installations of fun, like a box truck light and sound extravaganza, the smashdown game, giant skee-ball, giant snowflake, and bring-your-own lamp light sculpture. Kasumi, our featured artist, will display her video art, “Mid-winter’s Stereopticon”. More than a dozen artists, engineers, and creative groups are working together with support from General Electric Lighting, the Cleveland Institute of Art, the Cleveland Museum of Art Department of Community Arts, IngenuityFest, and Vertical Sound to create these art/activity installations for public enjoyment.

Brite Winter Mugs and Ohio City Vouchers: Brite Winter Festival Mugs come with two Ohio City Vouchers and provide additional access to festival programming in the neighborhood. 14 venues will offer a discount between 10-20% during the festival, for simply holding a mug, and each Ohio City Vouchers can be redeemed for Beer, Coffee, Hot Chocolate, or a variety of other items at listed venues during the festival. A Mug and 2 Ohio City Vouchers can be purchased for $12 on kickstarter.com or $15 on the day of the event.

Brite WINTER festival is run by a 100% volunteer steering committee, currently operated without grant funding, and is supported by in-kind donations and sponsorships from Cleveland businesses, organizations, and university student groups. Donations of all kinds are accepted through the Ohio City Inc. Development Corporation, the festival’s non-profit fiscal agent.



Thomas Fox

(440) 941-6560