Ready, steady, Glow… Edinburgh College creative students get set for annual festival

Photo: Suzanne Heffron

Edinburgh College’s creative students are about to give the city a taste of creative magic as they take over venues across Edinburgh for Glow festival 2018. The students launched the festival with sneak-peek performances at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery last night.

Glow, the culmination of a year’s hard work for more than 1,000 of the college’s Creative Industries students, will see students perform and exhibit at venues in Edinburgh over the next six weeks.

The festival will feature events covering the wide range of the college’s Creative Industries courses including: Performing Arts; Broadcast Media and Photography; Computing; Music and Sound Production; and Art and Design, with music concerts, theatre shows, exhibitions, film showings and more.

The fifth annual Glow festival launched at the Scottish National Portrait Gallery on 8 May with performances from Edinburgh College’s music and dance students. The BA (Hons) Dance students wore costumes designed by Edinburgh College of Art Performance Costume Masters students.

Photo: Suzanne Heffron

Guests at the launch heard from the Edinburgh College’s Principal Annette Bruton and head of Creative Industries Jakki Jeffrey, and guest speaker head of Creative Edinburgh Mark Gorman.

Edinburgh College Principal Annette Bruton said: “Our Creative Industries students are a very talented bunch. This is the fifth year of Glow festival and each year I am so impressed and in awe of the high standard and professional quality of all of the performances and exhibitions.

“Having an opportunity to perform and exhibit in the world’s leading festival city sets the students up well for whatever they choose to go onto after finishing their studies with us, whether that be further college courses, straight into industry, or onto university. I am genuinely excited to see what surprises and treats this year’s students have to offer.”

Students will showcase their skills and talents across venues including the National Museum of Scotland, the Traverse Theatre, The Filmhouse, the King’s Theatre, Summerhall and the college’s campuses.

The programme of events includes large-scale end-of-year shows including a theatre performance based on the London riots of 2011, an exhibition of Edwardian Theatre Costume, the PASS Cross Currents dance event and an exhibition of make-up artistry. See the full programme of events for Glow festival 2018.

Edinburgh College head of Creative Industries Jakki Jeffery said: “The students work all year round to develop their talents and themselves. Glow festival is the result of a lot of hard work, determination and sheer talent. At Edinburgh College we’re helping to develop the next generation of creative talent and Glow is the perfect platform to showcase it. There’s something for everyone so head along if you can.”

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Photo: Suzanne Heffron