Newcastle, Gateshead’s Festival of Light.30 Nov - 2 Dec, 7 - 9 Dec & 31 Dec 2006
Following the impact of Radiance, Glasgow’s first Festival of Light in 2005, NVA were commissioned to produce and curate Glow, Newcastle Gateshead’s first International Festival of Light.
Glow brought a brilliant array of world-class lightworks, celebrated artists and emerging talent to the city, showcased over a 2 mile illuminated route through the back streets of the city centre.
An eclectic range of lighting interventions exposed the urban diversity of Newcastle Gateshead’s architecture, a striking mix of old, modern and contemporary. Glow explored and highlighted iconic landmarks, quirky buildings and unnoticed features, offering a fascinating glimpse of a hidden world set within familiar city streets.
‘The Shadow House’ at Saltwell Park and Benwell saw the great Victorian brick edifices transformed into a winter fairytale setting, with original animated films by puppeteer Alison McGowan, illustrator Lindsay John and film-maker Mark Huskisson, projected from the interiors of the buildings.
‘The Vampire Rabbit Trail’ used Newcastle’s legendary and mysterious rabbit, which is carved above a doorway by St Nicholas Cathedral, as a repeated motif around the main festival sites. The trail gave children an engaging challenge to mark down and collect all of the rabbit projections onto a map.
‘Mobile’ was a community collaboration between NVA and Newcastle event producers Name. A specially designed mobile disco set in a perspex cube travelled around temporary outdoor venues throughout the city for impromptu dance events and music workshops. Other highlights included work by Monica Bonvicini, Ugo Rondine, Smith/Stewart and Graham Gussin.
From engaging local projects to the chance to see contemporary work by renowned visual artists, Glow worked for a regional audience while bringing a national profile to the festival.
For more information on Glow please download the full programme HERE