On day one of the 30 days blog challenge, I will share with you my experience at Eindhoven Glow, 2017. The first time I visited Eindhoven was for the annual Eindhoven Glow event and it was spectacular. It was a true festival of light, as even the theme for the event was The Source, as in the source of light. The whole city, every building and street, was glowing. With the amazing, futuristic architecture and the interpretation of the theme by artists, Eindhoven was simply magical.
Eindhoven Glow is organised every year in the second week of November and it is free for visitors. The route of the event is around 6 km so get warm clothes, comfortable walking shoes and enjoy the lights. This year the festival will run from 10-17 Nov, in the evening from 18:30 to 24:00. Last year with a group of friends we went around 19:00 and stayed until 23:00 and managed to see a lot of the buildings. There is an online route which you will be able to find on the Glow website or alternatively you can purchase a map for 1 euro from the Tourist Information Office or Philips Stadium. Last year the route started from The Tourist Information Office. There were a lot of signs with arrows showing you where to go and you can just follow the crowd, so you won’t get lost. Glow with the flow as they say. So, here are some of the things my friends and I enjoyed last year.
The first building my friends and I saw was the Blob. For those of you who are not familiar with Eindhoven, the Blob is a 25m high, organically shaped glass and steel building that you just can’t miss. It serves as the entrance to the Admirant Shopping Mall. For the even the Blob was turned into a huge screen which projected a captivating video with the light as the main character. Meet Blob the Bulb :
We continued the route through a narrow street where we saw the Sun up close. It was absolutely #Glowing, as the name of the installation suggested. Luckily, we did not burn.
Some of the residential buildings on the route also participated in the festival and were coloured with lights.
Further on we entered a true Arabian Nights spectacle in front of the Mosque. A quote from the Persian philosopher Rumi, “Shine like the whole universe is yours”, was used as an inspiration.
The most impressive projection, however, was on the St. Catherine's Church which looked like it was made of stained glass. The impressive work called Windows was from the German light artist Daniel Margraf.
As we were heading back to the train station along the canal, we saw this spooky almost Halloween-like house. It was the Philips Villa and it told the history of light by the means of LED walls, LED lights and curtains.
Experiencing Eindhoven Glow for the first time is something that I will never forget. If you want to be part of the festival and see it in real life, as I guarantee you the photos and videos here don’t do it justice, you can head on to Eindhoven this November. You can find more information about this year’s theme on the Eindhoven Glow website.
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