Our design and development team has been hard at work to bring a new interactive feature to LUMENOCITY® 2014. Topic Design, this year’s Digital Engagement Partner, teamed up with LUMENOCITY’s Visual Artist Partner, Brave Berlin, and the Cincinnati Symphony and Pops Orchestra to create a hands-on experience for the viewer.

For this year’s event, Topic created an interactive web application and app for everyone experiencing LUMENOCITY 2014. Mainly because we could, but mostly because we wanted to give visitors of OTR a night they would never forget. There was a desire to create an app experience last year, but in order to make it the best it could be, had to be put on the backburner till this year.

Armed with a bunch of ideas and a big bag of web development tricks, Topic got to work. In the past few weeks, the design and development team has created a more on-brand website, optimized for mobile devices, a mobile live experience that synchronizes with the show, and a social stream visualizer, that will show live Twitter and Instagram feeds using the hashtag, #lumenocity.

LUMENOCITY viewers, in Washington Park or across any location in Cincinnati, can access the web app using a smartphone by going to Follow the prompt to bookmark the site to your home screen. Close your browser. Tap on the app icon that is added to your home screen and navigate the app’s content and features.

Once the app is downloaded, the fun can begin!

“Users will get a play-by-play of the live show, along with a few cheeky surprises,” said Warren Harrison, developer extraordinaire at Topic. “The app engages the user to be part of the show, encourages social engagement, and has an interactive map of Washington Park and LUMENOCITY Village to assist users in locating vendor and event specific areas.”

When asked about his favorite part of the app, Ryan Cayabyab, Topic’s resident front end web developer champion said, “It’s a toss up between the interactive map and the ‘live mode’ functionality.”

Take our word for it, the Interactive Map feature is going to be awesome. The whole Topic team said it was their favorite element. A close second was the “live mode,” which the app will enter into during the actual performances. The “live mode” will light up your smartphone or tablet just as much as Music Hall, itself.

Outside of show time, the app will function as a mobile version of the website.

For more information about LUMENOCITY 2014, visit and download the app. Tickets for the event at Washington Park are sold out, but anyone can experience the show from their living room all weekend. 90.9 WGUC will broadcast LUMENOCITY on the radio Friday, August 1. WCPO will air LUMENOCITY live on television Saturday, August 2 and simulcast viewing parties will be held at Fountain Square and Riverbend Music Center on Sunday, August 3.