GLOW 2022 shines for many visitors
GLOW 2022 was old-fashioned fun and busy as we were used to from the period before the pandemic. This shows that the light festival is still as relevant as always. GLOW knows how to connect Eindhoven, its visitors and its residents. The organisation’s ambition to become one of the world’s top 3 light festivals appears to be more than realistic, given the reactions from visitors, press and international curators.
Eindhoven understands the art of creating
As stated by mayor Jeroen Dijsselbloem during the opening of GLOW, Eindhoven understands the art of creating. Almost 80% of the light artworks were developed in Eindhoven and were displayed for the first time during GLOW. Unique light art that attracts many curators from light art festivals all over the world.
Festival director Ronald Ramakers says: “Based on our mission to ‘make the city GLOW’ and our ambition to become one of the world’s top 3 light art festivals, we are incredibly proud that the collaborations between both Dutch and international artists and our partners and local students are so greatly valued. The light art we make here is world-leading in terms of technique and creativity. We can be proud of this.”
The return of the walking route along which 33 light artworks could be seen was a huge bonus for many visitors. With the Central Station as official starting point of the route, many visitors arriving in Eindhoven at the station were figuratively blown away by the spectacle ‘Stay Tuned’ by ASML and Dirk van Poppel. Large groups of visitors then walked happily along the illuminated route. From the city centre to the canal and the Anne Frankplantsoen. This is what the organisation means by ‘GLOWing together’.
The works Stay Tuned by ASML and Dirk van Poppel, A Different Point of View by DAF and Michel Suk, Connecting your Love by ASML in collaboration with the Efteling and Rainbow, the statement of diversity by students of the SintLucas, were the biggest crowd-pleasers given the numerous photos on social media. But the true highlight of GLOW was the storming of the Van Abbemuseum on Sunday evening, when 2000 children marched in a parade behind Picto Facto – the first ever moving light artwork at GLOW – to the Van Abbemuseum to exhibit their very own Museum Monsters.
Finally, the talent awards were also presented on Saturday evening. A springboard for international growth, previously awarded to Valerie van Zuijlen and Studio Toer. This year’s jury prize of € 2500 went to the work <..> and the audience’s prize of € 1500 went to <..>.
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