13 January 2015

Innovative GLOW festival forms part of ENIGMA study visit

The first study visit of the ENIGMA project saw representatives from Antwerp (Belgium), Belfast and London (United Kingdom), and Dubrovnik (Croatia) meet in Eindhoven (The Netherlands) from 12 – 14 November 2014 to discuss the Dutch city's exemplary public lighting scheme. Light designers, intelligent system engineers, city marketers and other local stakeholders shared information with the international delegates on their role in designing the Dutch “city of lights”.

Alderman Mary-Ann Schreurs gave attendees an introduction to Eindhoven’s Smart City ambitions, while Rik van Stiphout looked at Eindhoven's innovative lighting strategy. The visiting cities also gave presentations on their local light plans and light festivals, which led to lively discussion among the group (all presentations from the study visit are available online). The yearly GLOW festival, an event which includes installations, sculptures, projections and performances by Dutch and international light artists, coincided with the study visit.

ENIGMA was presented at the festival, which was attended by 650,000 people. The EU-funded project aims to implement a joint transnational pre-commercial procurement procedure in the field of public lighting, while stimulating research and development in the field of lighting by asking the industry to develop new products that correspond to societal needs.

For more information, visit the ENIGMA website.