Newcastle, Gateshead’s Festival of Light.

30 Nov - 2 Dec, 7 - 9 Dec & 31 Dec 2006
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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


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