GLOW calls attention to sustainability in this coming week. They are doing this by showing the light artwork “Colour Symphony” at the Witte Dame but with six-minute interval breaks between shows.
During these breaks, they instead play an audio monologue called “Licht is Leven” (Light is Life). It is a story that a grandfather tells his grandson about light, darkness and sustainability. This hopes to encourage GLOW visitors to use lighting more sparingly. The event itself also would like to become more sustainable.
Director Ramakers also indicates this: ‘We do not aim for growth, but for balance. GLOW wants to be energy neutral, but also in a broader sense to combat waste and focus on recycling. We are looking at how Eindhoven companies can save energy for GLOW throughout the year, for example by turning off the light a minute earlier. ‘
In addition, GLOW organised a conference on 10 November on the theme of sustainability. 35 organizers of international light festivals were present to jointly discuss the sustainability of light festivals worldwide.
The fourteenth edition of GLOW started on Saturday and will run until 16 November. The previous edition attracted around 750,000 visitors, making the Eindhoven event one of the top 5 largest light art festivals in the world.
Translation: Nicole Cullinan