About Lumiere


17-20 NOVEMBER 2011


I LOVE DURHAM, Jacques Rival, LUMIERE 2011, produced by Artichoke in Durham. Photo Matthew Andrews.

In 2009, the inaugural edition of Lumiere drew an estimated 75,000 people into the city over four nights, and generated some £1.5million for the local economy. More than 20 artworks, projections and performances set Durham ablaze, picking out and transforming the landmarks, streets, river and bridges of the city in new and unimagined ways.

In November 2011, LUMIERE, the UK’s largest light festival, returned to the beautiful medieval city of Durham. For four nights only, around 80 local and international artists, lighting designers and community groups brought a sprinkle of winter magic to the city with a breathtaking series of installations and projections that illuminated Durham’s buildings, streets and bridges.

Early estimates indicate that 140,00 people took to the streets of Durham to enjoy the 35 artworks that ranged from large-scale projections like Crown of Light which saw the Lindesfarne Gospels projected onto Durham Cathedral, to neons, to installations like I Love Durham, the giant snowdome that transformed the Market Place into a playground. LUMIERE 2011 also included three installations as part of Lux Scientia as well as four pieces created by artists from the North East, Brilliant.

LUMIERE is brought to you by Artichoke – best known for creating unforgettable events like La Machine in Liverpool or Antony Gormley’s One & Other. Artichoke returned to Durham at the invitation of Durham County Council, who were delighted that the first LUMIERE festival in 2009 brought 75,000 people to the city and dazzled visitors and residents alike

Find out more about the city of Durham.

LUMIERE is produced by
 Lumiere is commissioned by Durham County Council, and supported by Arts Council England.

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