Collaboration with Nanjing
9 June 2018

Collaboration with Nanjing

The sister cities of Eindhoven and Nanjing are to create an official link through a declaration of intent for the coming three years between the light festival GLOW Eindhoven and the light festival Qinhuai Lantern Festival in Nanjing. The collaboration will be visible for the general public this year at GLOW 2018, from 10 until 17 November. The agreement to work together was signed in Nanjing, China on 9 June last by Ronald Ramakers, director GLOW Eindhoven Foundation, and Mister Gao Jiayong, Vice General Manager of Qinhuai Lantern. Mayor Jorritsma and the acting mayor of Nanjing where present at the signing.

The objective of signing is to intensify international relations, knowledge sharing and the exchange of experience. It is especially interesting for GLOW that the field of tension between traditional Chinese light art and the high-tech innovation in light and projection technology is explored and transformed into works of light art. In addition, Nanjing approached GLOW for advice and support with regard to the light festival in China.


Qinhuai Lantern Festival
The light festival in Nanjing is a popular folk celebration comprising large-as-life illuminated installations. Traditional Chinese light art is made out of metal frames covered with colored thin fabrics, from which mythical figures like dragons are made. These are illuminated from the inside. The festival has run for more than 25 years. Each year, from 1 until 15 January, millions of residents and tourists visit the ‘light lantern’ shows. Nanjing is the second largest city in Eastern China and has more than 8 million residents.

Chinese Licht Art at GLOW Gijs-van-Bon-Nanjing.jpg
For GLOW 2018 the Eindhoven-based light artist Gijs van Bon will work with the famous light artist Gu Yeliang from Nanjing on a project that will be visible and audible along the entire GLOW route. The project called ‘Ping’ comprises 250 beacons that collectively emit a message, rolling out from beacon to beacon. In addition, the Qinhuai Lantern Festival will present a Chinese light project in the Victoria Park during this edition of GLOW. An exceptional combination of new light technologies and traditional Chinese light art.