The Creative City Project Brings New, Large-Scale Installations and Hundreds of Performances to Downtown Orlando for This Year’s Mega Interactive Arts Experience

Central Florida’s signature arts event returns for its 7th year to the heart of Downtown Orlando as The Creative City Project presents “IMMERSE 2018” on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20.  In partnership with the 2018 presenting sponsor, Orlando Health, IMMERSE is the annual performing and interactive arts experience from The Creative City Project.  It takes over the streets and public spaces in Downtown Orlando every October.  This year’s event showcases more than 1,000 artists from over 100 arts organizations in the streets and public spaces along Orange Avenue, Church Street and Pine Street on Friday and Saturday from 5pm-11pm, with experiences opening at Noon on Saturday.  New large-scale, interactive installations make IMMERSE 2018 more immersive than ever.

“The Creative City Project’s annual event IMMERSE is dedicated to creating experiences that audiences can’t have anywhere else,” says Executive Director Cole NeSmith.  “Whether it’s a Cirque du Soleil performer flying from a crane high overhead, an immersive orchestral experience that puts the audience at the center of the orchestra, or large-scale, interactive projection experiences, we’re committed to creating a one-of-a-kind experience.”

IMMERSE 2018 features new large-scale, interactive experiences, which are accessible for those with a Full Experience Plus Ticket:

–         A 3,200 square-foot Giant Ball Pit

–         An Immersive Photo Experience in partnership with Corkcicle called “The Worlds of Corkcicle”

This year’s performances include original content from over 100 organizations, including:

–         Orlando Ballet

–         Orlando Philharmonic with Rollins College Choir

–         An electronic/orchestral collaboration between The Mood Designers and the 100-piece Central Florida Community Arts Orchestra

“Our team has been working hard to discover innovative and exciting ways to put the audience at the center of the IMMERSE experience,” says NeSmith.  “Through large-scale projections, the Giant Ball Pit and Immersive Photo Experience, I know we’re on our way to creating even more unique arts encounters for our guests.”

IMMERSE 2018 offers four different ticket options:

–         The IMMERSE Experience Basic Ticket (FREE) – Experience the hundreds of performances of IMMERSE.

–         The Full Experience Plus Ticket ($22.97) – Experience the hundreds of performances of IMMERSE, plus get access to unbelievable large-scale interactive installations, including the 3,200 square-foot Giant Ball Pit and the multi-room Photo Experience called “The Worlds of Corkcicle.”

–         The VIP Experience Ticket ($75) – Get all the performances, all the interactive experiences, plus access to reserved VIP-only viewing areas at the stages and a curated guide to help navigate IMMERSE 2018 like an expert, along with entry into a Cocktail Experience for guests over 21.

–         The Dinner Party Project Experience Ticket ($150) – Get all the performances, all the interactive experiences, all the VIP access, a Cocktail Experience and enjoy an exclusive, four-course meal right in the middle of IMMERSE with special performances just for diners.

Tickets for the Dinner Party Project Experience must be purchased in advance.  All other ticketing options can be purchased in advance or at the event.  VIP ticket holders can check in at information areas at the intersection of Orange and Pine or Orange and Church.  Full Experience Plus ticket holders can check in at the Immersive Photo Experience or the Giant Ball Pit.

Two craft cocktail experiences will be part of IMMERSE 2018.  Guests are also encouraged to visit the many bars and restaurants along the event footprint as they enjoy all the experiences IMMERSE offers.

Experience Creative City Project “IMMERSE 2018” on Friday, October 19 and Saturday, October 20 in Downtown Orlando.  For more information and to purchase Full Experience, VIP and Dinner Party Project tickets online, visit

About The Creative City Project

Creative City Project began in 2012 as a group of artists performing on street corners and in plazas around Downtown Orlando.  It has now grown into an arts non-profit organization that helps audiences live a life of creativity and adventure throughout the year and at its annual event IMMERSE.  Its mission is three-fold: To cultivate a thriving arts community in Central Florida, to nurture a deeper sense of ownership of and care for Orlando amongst its residents, and to shape the global perception of The City Beautiful as one known for innovation and creativity.  Creative City Project is run by:  Executive Director Cole NeSmith, Chief Operating Officer Chris Albanese, Production Director Jake Ellis, Administrative and Grants Coordinator Melyssa Marshall and Volunteer Coordinator Heather Boni, along with production by Atlantic Pro Audio.  Board of Directors include: Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer’s Chief of Staff Frank Billingsley, Orlando Philharmonic Music Director Eric Jacobsen, Southern Strategy Group Partner Kelly Cohen, Greenberg Traurig Attorney Camille Evans, Ted Maines Interiors President Ted Maines, CCH Marketing President Cristina Calvet-Harrold and Grover Bryan CEO Paul F. Bryan.