12–16 November 2009, Durham
Lumiere was a festival of light which transformed the beautiful city of Durham for four nights at the darkest time of the year.
This spectacular light festival took over the beautiful city of Durham for four nights. It comprised 20 installations, including seven new commissions, placed across the city. For a magical few days, Durham was bursting at the seams, as an estimated 75,000 people flocked to town, enjoying a celebratory moment in the cold, winter months.
The artworks varied in style and content. Nine Men Drawing saw artist Ron Haselden collaborate with offenders from HMP Durham, and French company La Salamandre delighted audiences with their magnificent fire display. Meanwhile Power Plant, which consisted of 25 artworks, transformed the city’s Botanic Garden, and Crown of Light thrilled the crowds as Images of the Lindisfarne Gospels – on loan from the British Library – were projected onto the face of the Cathedral.
Artichoke has been invited to return to Durham in November 2011 for another Lumiere Festival. If you're a business and would like to get involved, download our Toolkit or get in touch with our Development Director, Sarah Coop.
- European Commission
- Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands
- National Express
- Tesco Charity Trust
- Marriott Hotels
- SA Screen Media
- Durham Cathedral
- Durham University
- Durham City Vision
- Visit County Durham
The normal street lights were turned off. Less carbon emissions and less light pollution. Seeing almost every constellation in the night sky over any UK city is a miracle, but Durham managed it for 4 nights.Maisie, a resident of Sunderland
I feel so good with the world, so positive, so at peace. This is 110% due to Lumiere Durham. I keep thinking of the effect the event, and particularly the Sunday night that I went to, had on myself and on everyone surrounding me all night… I could not tear myself away from the view - it was beautiful, enthralling, so wonderful. The night surprised me, and has continued to surprise me in my mood it has placed in me.Jane from Crook
No. artists and performers
No. local volunteers
Population of Durham
1km of river bank, weirs and bridges
Carbon saved by using biofuel
No. photos uploaded to flickr