GLOW is a light art festival which is organised by the GLOW Eindhoven foundation. GLOW can be described as an exhibition in the public space of Eindhoven of 35 famous national and international light artists. The light artworks are connected by a walking route.
Besides the light artworks and numerous side events there are also innovative, unique works of art that are created by young talents.
The theme of GLOW Eindhoven 2019 is Living Colors.
The GLOW mission statement for the coming years is concise and convincing:
"Eindhoven makes the difference in Light Art".
What is GLOW
What is GLOW
The event has grown from 45,000 visitors during the first edition of GLOW in 2006, to a record number of more than 750,000 visitors during the 2018 edition. Positioning GLOW Eindhoven among the top five of best visited light festivals in the world. At GLOW the emphasis is on creating new light art, with talent development as a connecting factor; this is what GLOW strives for. From this, GLOW Next was born in 2012. In addition to the major international light artists GLOW makes increasingly more space for innovative and unique local projects: "Made in Eindhoven".
Each year GLOW champions a different theme. In 2015 the theme was ‘Nature and Architecture’: the route picked a path along rivers and through parks. In 2016 the theme was 'City and Science', a theme expressed by a route through the centre and a route over the TU/e campus. In 2017 the theme was The Source, based on the source of light. And in 2018 it was Shadows and Light, by a song of Joni Mitchell: "Every picture has its shadows. And it has some source of light. Blindness, blindness and sight".
The artists were given this theme to incorporate in their work of art. One artist took this more literally than another, which led to a surprising variation in light art projects.
New Light is what was called GLOW Next in earlier editions. In the category New Light we connect new talent with established artists and work together with high-tech organisations from the smartest region in the world: Eindhoven. The results are almost always world firsts: new technology and new projects. GLOW offers these talents a stage, for the purpose of displaying their art worldwide. This is how GLOW whishes to spread its mission: Eindhoven makes a difference in light art.