Glow Festival, the Nuit Blanche in Santa Monica
The third edition of the Glow Festival took place on September 28, 2013 in Santa Monica.
Created in 2008, this cultural show attains its inspiration from the Parisian Nuit Blanche. First launched in 2002 by Christophe Briand, the former cultural deputy of Paris Mayor Bertrand Delanoë, Nuit Blanche has now been exhibited all over the world, in Toronto, Montreal, Rome, Brussels or Tel Aviv.
This free event aims to bring art to the general public by bringing in contemporary artists to places least accessible to the public or whose first aim is not artistic in order to propose a new experience of the city.
Since its creation, the Glow Festival has maintained a special bond with France. This year, the French artist Mathieu Briand had the honor of displaying his installation baptized 6:43 pm, which enlightened Santa Monica’s artistic night.
Mr. Axel Cruau, Consul General of France in Los Angeles (on the left), attended the opening of Glow Festival alongside pro tempore Santa Monica mayor Mr. Terry O’Day.
Mr. Axel Cruau’s Speech, Consul General of France in Los Angeles
Speech delivered for the opening night of Glow Festival on September 28, 2013 in Santa Monica
Dear Mayor Terry O’ Day,
Dear Michael Myers,
Dear Jessica Cusik,
Dear Marc Pally,
Dear Friends and Guests,
Dear Terry, thank you for this amazing presentation. I think we all are even more eager to discover this year’s transformation of Santa Monica into a city of lights and to plunge into the multifaceted experiences of this night.
I am very proud and honoured to be here among you to celebrate the third edition of Glow. It is indeed an honour to witness the way the City of Santa Monica share and enhance the concept of an all-night artistic event, les Nuits blanches, which was first designed in Paris 10 years ago in 2002. Our cities have much more to offer than we usually think, and contemporary art helps us rediscover our dwellings helps us see the city with new eyes.
Since 2008 and the first edition of Glow, Santa Monica has shown its extreme dynamism and cultural prominence by presenting an incredibly diverse array of international artists, among the most innovative of this day and age.
This year again, the City of Santa Monica celebrates its links with France and French contemporary art through Mathieu Briand’s sculpture evoking a temple to the sun on the oceanshore. The work testifies to Glow’s celebration of urban and natural beauties and we are very happy that this magnificent artwork represents France this year. His installation « 6:43 pm » follows those of Anne Deleporte in 2008 and of Celeste Boursier-Mougenot in 2010.
I want to aknowledge here tonight, those without whom Mathieu Briand’s work would not have been possible : first of all, the volonteers and sponsors of Glow, the French cultural services through the program Ceci n’est pas…, the Borchard Foundation and especially FLAX- France Los Angeles Exchange, with Elisabeth Forney who is with us tonight.
We all know what it takes to put together such an ambitious event. We know how inventive, dedicated and committed you have been in the long and difficult process of making this possible. So my special congratulations go to Cultural Affair Manager, Jessica Cusick and artistic director Marc Pally, the “Glow Ambassadors”.
Dear friends, France is proud to be part of Santa Monica’s third and still more vibrant Glow and hopes for ever deeper ties with Southern California. I wish you all a wonderful night and the discovery of a different Santa Monica, a glowing city of lights. Thank you.