One of Scotland’s best loved parks, Rouken Glen, has switched on its spectacular Electric Glen lighting festival.
The must-see event of this winter is setting the Giffnock park alight at night as Electric Glen takes visitors on a journey back to the tropics, and interprets the colours and creativity of the fabrics that were dyed in the park’s burn 200 years ago.
Lifesaving hero and East Renfrewshire Citizen of the Year, 13-year-old Andrew Paton performed the Electric Glen official opening ceremony against the back drop of an illuminated boating lake. Andrew saved his grandad’s life last year after he fell out of his boat into Loch Fyne, and he was guest of honour at the event’s launch.
A total number of 24,000 visitors are expected through the gates of the park throughout the duration of the festival which runs from 4-14 February.
The creative director behind the new event is world-renowned Phil Supple who designed the lighting for the Tower of London installation, Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red. He said: “We’re looking forward to bringing light and life to the dark winter months in one of the west of Scotland’s most beautiful parks.”
East Renfrewshire Council leader, Councillor Jim Fletcher said: “This has been an astonishing evening and Electric Glen is definitely a must-see event. The festival brings together some fantastic artists working together with visuals, sounds and animation to bring the heritage of the park to life.
“Electric Glen 2016 is a feast for all the senses and a fantastic way to see Rouken Glen Park through new eyes. Not only is Electric Glen creating a positive emotional connection between local communities and the place they live, it’s a great way to get people outdoors to socialise during the middle of winter.”
Andrew Paton, said: “It’s great to be asked to Rouken Glen to open this amazing event. I’m really pleased to launch the Electric Glen lighting festival. It all looks fantastic. I’ll be telling my mates they should come along.”
Alan Robertson (43) from Renfrew brought his wife Tricia (38), and their family Charlie (8) and Anna (4) along to the event. He said: “Electric Glen is well worth a visit. The kids have had a great night and some of the creativity and effects are spectacular.”
Other creative talents contributing to Electric Glen include Novak who create live 3D visuals for Calvin Harris and Disclosure, and West of Scotland illustrator and printmaker recent art school graduate Hazel Dunn.
Festival-goers can witness the beautifully lit boating pond, atmospheric glen and illuminated landscape that tells the human and natural history of the park. Tickets are available from www.electricglen.co.uk or www.ticketmaster.co.uk