This is the last international conference on lighting in 2015, the UN International Year of Light, and it will feature seminars, workshops, an exhibition and a series of events.
LUCI last came to the city in 2005, the year Glasgow held the first of its very successful Radiance festivals – the second was held in 2007 – when landmark buildings and structures such as the City Chambers, Glasgow Cathedral and the Kingston Bridge were illuminated.
The themes of the seminars and workshops reflect the changing role of lighting in cities and how it features in regeneration, science and innovation, design, sustainability and the green economy, engineering, resilience, the creative industries, tourism, manufacturing, intelligent street lighting, smart cities and the Future Cities Demonstrator project in Glasgow, and the redevelopment of the Forth & Clyde Canal.
An exhibition at The Lighthouse – Radiance Reflected – will open during the conference and run until the Christmas period, and on the evening of 11 November, there will be a walking tour of lighting installations in and around the city centre.
The highlight event during the conference will be NVA’s Ghost Peloton Glasgow at the Whisky Bond in Port Dundas on 12-13 November, a new iteration of the work, which was originally commissioned for the Yorkshire Festival 2014, marking the Grand Départ of the Tour de France from Yorkshire last year.
NVA, the organisers of Ghost Peloton Glasgow will be working with local people and are currently recruiting volunteers to assist with various aspects of the live events. These include backstage production, technical and front of house roles. More information can be found at: http://nva.org.uk/artwork/ghost-peloton-glasgow/#tab-2. Earlier this month, the event issued a call to recruit local cyclists to be part of the main performance. The new recruits are due to start rehearsals shortly.
Ghost Peloton Glasgow is sold out and an award-winning short film of the work can be viewed below:
Bailie Allan Stewart, a past president of LUCI, said: “This LUCI conference has, on one hand, a focus on the changing role of lighting and how it can enhance living in cities, but also a series of events and an exhibition that will showcase how Glasgow has changed through new lighting and what can be achieved with its creative use. I look forward to seeing these.”
Speakers in the seminar and workshop programme include Iain Macrae, Head of Global Lighting Applications at Thorn Lighting Group, who will be talking about public lighting for communities in developing nations, and Mark van Doorn, Design Manager at Philips Lighting, who will talk about Glasgow’s input to the Liveable Cities programme.
There are around 70 member cities in the LUCI network. Around 120 international delegates are expected to attend the conference in Glasgow.