Event

GLOW Light Festival

GLOW is an annual light art festival which is organised by the GLOW Eindhoven Foundation. The festival is accessible for free. This year, the festival takes place for the 14th time, from 9 until 16 November.
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 GLOW mission statement for the coming years is concise and convincing:
Eindhoven makes the difference in Light Art“.
GLOW & Eindhoven
With GLOW, the strong connection that Eindhoven has with light is accentuated. The match industry established itself in 1870 and Philips opened an incandescent bulb factory in 1891. This is how the city formed a source of light for the whole world. It is not without reason that Eindhoven is known as the City of Light.
GLOW makes the Eindhoven DNA tangible. Eindhoven is traditionally a city of light and now more than ever this is the city of Technology, Design and Knowledge, and most especially a combination of them. We show this in a magical and accessible way using light.
History
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.
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. After the themes The Source in 2017 and Shadows & Light in 2018, GLOW is completing the tryptic with Living Colours in 2019. The light artists embraced the theme, resulting in artworks that each convey their own interpretation of the theme. What happens if we dissect the spectrum of light? Which colours do we see, where do they lead us? How do colours relate to the source of light?