International Light Organisation (ILO)

GLOW Foundation Eindhoven is more than just the organiser of the November light festival in Eindhoven. What most people don’t know is that the organisation behind the GLOW festival is also the founder of the International Light festival Organisation. The so-called ILO is an open platform, founded for and by light festivals world-wide. It is meant to support co-productions and exchanges. The International Light Festival foresees in chances to engage in cultural collaborations and challenges and to create even more creative and beautiful light installations. ILO is also a platform to exchange light artists and additionally comes up with solutions for production issues where light festivals might run into while organising a light festival.

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What is International Lightfestival Organisation

For over three years, the International Light festival Organisation (ILO) has been uniting European and worldwide light festivals. The ILO members are the core element which makes the organisation an open, influential, international place for any light festival that wants to be a part of a light festival community.

Light festivals have been working together internationally since the very first development of light festivals. ILO brings light festivals together to inspire one another, to foster an exchange of knowledge, to help the festivals with ideas, to search for solutions, increase networking opportunities and keep festivals informed about issues at stake in the festival and cultural world. All from a viewpoint of artistic excellence and internationalisation.

Why do we want an International Light festival Organisation?

ILO and its members are connected by their common beliefs that guide and strengthen the work of light festivals in their local contexts. Inspired, experienced light festival directors, who have dedicated their lives to producing a light festival, have an intellectual, emotional and aesthetic value which can have a stronger voice and greater impact when united in a community.

The ILO light festivals are learning from each other, creating alliances, trust and friendship which can inspire and empower every single element. Together, this ILO group of extraordinary people can have a positive impact on the development of future, cultural heritage. ILO light festivals can be important actors in societal development. In changing the world for the greater good by providing a platform for artistic expressions and by bringing communities together. ILO believes that a respected and pioneering network can facilitate an exchange of knowledge and information and therefor broaden every single member’s perspective.