Photos: Calgary Glow Fest lights illuminate city at night

Parade of art installations begins at Olympic Plaza and extends along Stephen Avenue

A woman watches as her friend makes a peace sign inside of Gurkaran Dhaliwal and Vikram Johal's Shadowbox at the Glow Downtown Winter Festival in Calgary on Thursday, February 10, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

The Glow Winter Festival of Lights has returned to brighten both the night, and spirits, along Stephen Avenue.

The festival which contains a variety of different interactive illuminated art displays, music, and artistic performances from the city’s cultural groups started Thursday.

It runs through to this Saturday night, and then returns next week on Thursday, Feb. 17 to Feb. 19.

Glow Fest runs concurrently with the downtown core’s Chinook Blast Festival, which is on now until Feb. 27.

A woman watches as her friend makes a peace sign inside of Gurkaran Dhaliwal and Vikram Johal’s Shadowbox at the Glow Downtown Winter Festival in Calgary on Thursday, February 10, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The stylized shape of the Calgary Tower and mountains are reflected off of a window during the Glow Downtown Winter Festival in Calgary on Thursday, February 10, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Olympic Plaza is lit up in all of the colours of the rainbow during the Glow Downtown Winter Festival in Calgary on Thursday, February 10, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
The Circle of Dancers by Tiffany Wollman are reflected in the melting ice of Olympic Plaza during the Glow Downtown Winter Festival in Calgary on Thursday, February 10, 2022. The dancing figures are meant to represent connection to, and celebration of, community. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Sylvie Roussel-Janssens’s Blue Lantern shimmers in the Stephen Avenue wind during the Glow Downtown Winter Festival in Calgary on Thursday, February 10, 2022. The art installation is a composite creation from the fabric of two previous art installations. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
A pair of interactive art installations called the Domino Effect by Ingrid Ingrid drew in participants to play with the light-up blocks during the Glow Downtown Winter Festival in Calgary on Thursday, February 10, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Christopher Kipper Martin with aGoGo performs a spinning ball routine during the Glow Downtown Winter Festival in Calgary on Thursday, February 10, 2022. aGoGo was a CanSpin 2019 flow arts group of the year nominee. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Patrons walk through the Infinito public art installation as part of the Glow Downtown Winter Festival in Calgary on Thursday, February 10, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Public art installation Wowie illuminates Stephen Avenue during the Glow Downtown Winter Festival in Calgary on Thursday, February 10, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Oscillation by The Urban Conga at the Glow Downtown Winter Festival in Calgary on Thursday, February 10, 2022. All of the parts of the installation, where they were placed together, would form a cube. The deconstructed form was created using a Voronoi algorithm. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Ceramic artist Andrew Tarrant supervises as torches are placed into a custom-made kiln for pottery during the Glow Downtown Winter Festival in Calgary on Thursday, February 10, 2022. The kiln will be heated to more than 1,000 Celsius over the weekend, will be used to make pottery on site. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
True North Creation’s light-up bear on display next to their fire-breathing dragon at the Glow Downtown Winter Festival in Calgary on Thursday, February 10, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY
Laser beams illuminate Old City Hall during the Glow Downtown Winter Festival in Calgary on Thursday, February 10, 2022. ARYN TOOMBS / FOR LIVEWIRE CALGARY

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