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GLOW festival is shining success for Barking and Dagenham

PUBLISHED: 09:01 28 November 2016 | UPDATED: 12:05 28 November 2016

Glow Festival at Eastbury Manor House, Barking

Glow Festival at Eastbury Manor House, Barking

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The borough’s first winter light festival attracted 2,500 visitors.

GLOW Festival illuminated Barking’s Eastbury Manor House with 20 different attractions, ranging from glowing flowers and UV facepaint to whispering trees.

Running across Friday and Saturday nights, the unique event proved so popular that advance tickets sold out and more had to be released.

Despite this, the unique experience did not feel cramped, with plenty of space for people to enjoy all the artwork and family-friendly activities on offer.

The pieces on show included glowing wire flowers and tiny houses made by artists from the borough and an epic fire garden by Canadian art collective Pa-BOOM.

Glow Festival at Eastbury Manor House, BarkingGlow Festival at Eastbury Manor House, Barking

The event in Eastbury Square was organised by Creative Barking & Dagenham and Studio 3 Arts.

Festival producer Rosie Ross said: “We’ve had a packed house and a really beautiful crowd of residents and people who had travelled right across London.”

Like all involved with the project, she praised the small army of “cultural connector” volunteers who helped to make GLOW happen.

“It’s really driven and led by local people and their abundance of ideas,” she added.

Glow Festival at Eastbury Manor House, BarkingGlow Festival at Eastbury Manor House, Barking

Liza Vallance, artistic director at Studio 3 Arts, said she found GLOW “awe-inspiring”.

“To have the best part of 2,000 people in a Tudor manor House experiencing art, from really technical things to the majesty of fire, all in one weekend is really special,” she explained. “It’s the start of things to come and what the people of Barking and Dagenham deserve.”

Liza says there’s “the will and ambition to bring GLOW back next year”.

“All we don’t have is the money so we are looking to get funding and sponsors on board,” she added.

See more pictures in this week’s paper, out Wednesday.

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