Glow festival ready to light up the city

Edinburgh College’s Glow festival 2017 is about to illuminate the city with a two-month celebration of students’ creative talents.

Almost 1,000 students from the college’s creative industries courses will take over city arts venues for performances and exhibitions, showing the work they have been doing over the last year.

​Glow runs until 16 June, with events ranging from music, theatre, dance and make-up artistry to photography, film, art and design, animation, computing, textiles and sculpture. Venues include The Filmhouse, Summerhall, the King’s Theatre, Creative Exchange, Out of the Blue Drill Hall and the college’s own performance and exhibition venues.

The festival launched last night (Wednesday 3 May) at the National Portrait Gallery, with an event featuring performances from music and dance students and a welcome from Sir John Leighton, director general of the National Galleries of Scotland.

Edinburgh College Principal Annette Bruton said: “Glow festival is a wonderful opportunity for our talented students to share their work with the wider world. We’re training the next generation of performers, artists and creatives to form the backbone of our national cultural life, and the work they’re staging is already at such a high standard of professionalism and skill.

“There’s two months of brilliant work covering every area of creativity that will wring just about every emotion from guests and, I’m sure, keep them greatly entertained. Everyone is invited to enjoy the students’ work and I hope they’ll be as proud of the future stars among us as I am.”

The programme of Glow 17 events has 20 shows including:

  • Large-scale end-of-year exhibitions from the college’s Contemporary Art, Art and Design, Graphic Design, Photography and Computing programmes.
  • An awards evening for work produced by Broadcast Media students
  • The Ministry of Make-up fashion and photography make-up show
  • A showcase of new bands from the college’s own record label, Feast
  • The huge Cross Currents end-of-year show by Dance students
  • Acting and Performance students’ performances of the plays Blue Stockings and King Lear
  • The PASS Out Acting and Performance showcase

The full Glow 17 programme is available here.