Glow Up: Highlights from Edinburgh College's GLOW Festival

We spotlight some of our favourite events from GLOW Festival, Edinburgh College's festival of arts and performance led by its current and graduating students

Feature by Anahit Behrooz | 13 May 2024
  • Cross Currents for GLOW Festival

As Edinburgh College’s GLOW Festival – its annual celebration of creative talent by students across The Schools of Art & Design, Computing, Media, Music & Sound Production and Performing Arts & Photography – returns for its 10th year, we pick some of the stand out events from the programme.

Cross Currents

The Studio, 16-17 May, 2pm + 7pm
Made up of performances by dancers training at the Performing Arts Studio Scotland (PASS), Cross Currents is a show-stopping and dynamic exploration of the cutting edge of Scottish dance. There’s four shows spread over two days at Festival Theatre, with performances by students across all years of the HND and BA programmes, offering a wee snapshot of the breadth of contemporary dance performance.

Graduate Diploma Show

Custom Lane Gallery, WASPS @ Granton Station, Leith Makers/Sett Studios and City Art Centre, 30 May-11 Jun
Taking over various atmospheric exhibition spaces across the city, Edinburgh College’s graduating HND and BA students exhibit their final works across a range of disciplines, including 3D Animation, 3D Design, Computer Arts and Design, Contemporary Art Practice, Textiles, Graphics, Illustration, User Experience and Visual Communication. By its nature, the Graduate Diploma show offers insight into the freshest and most innovative work emerging from the Scottish visual arts scene, and is the perfect way to catch rising star artists before they become big names. Each strand has their own exhibition with various dates running from late May to mid June – check for more details.


The Music Box, Sighthill Campus, 13 Jun, 2pm
Something for the cinema and television (and advertisement?) nerds: Spliced is a showcase and awards ceremony celebrating the very best short dramas, documentaries, entertainment shows and commercial productions produced by students across Edinburgh College’s various Creative Media Production, Film, Television and Audio Visual Technology degrees. There’ll be screenings followed by awards: time to bring a little Hollywood glamour to Edinburgh.

The Break Out Festival

Portobello Town Hall, The Studio, La Belle Angele and Monkey Barrel Comedy Club, 7-10 May, various times
Taking place (or breaking out, you might say) in venues across the city, The Break Out Festival is the culmination of work by students in Performing Arts Studio Scotland’s degrees. Four new devised works created, directed, choreographed and promoted by students take centre stage, spotlighting the breadth of creative performance work from emerging artists across Scotland.


Granton Campus, 7 Jun, 6pm
Students from the HND Make Up Artistry course present a live exhibition of models, focusing on make up for TV, film and theatre. Models will be in full dress – think dramatic, fantastic make up, elaborate hair and stunning costumes – and there will be a live photoshoot taking place as part of the students’ final assessments. If you’ve ever wanted to feel like you’re on set in a Guillermo del Toro film, well: here’s your chance.

Leith Amplified Festival

Leith Depot, 10-12 May, 7.30pm
We love a local festival, and Leith Amplified is as local as they get: taking place in Leith Depot over three days and featuring a curated selection of music drawn from and inspired by Edinburgh College’s monthly music nights over the past six months. Run by previous students from the college’s Music Business degree who have mentored current Music Business and Sound Production students to run and promote the event, the three nights offer an exciting snapshot of local and national up-and-coming artists.

GLOW Festival runs in venues across Edinburgh across May and June. Visit for more details